Australian nursing home blaze claims 11th fatality

November 29, 2011 - 5:40 PM

SYDNEY (AP) — The death toll from a suspected arson attack on an Australian nursing home has risen to 11 with an 83-year-old woman becoming the latest fatality.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that the woman, who has not been named, died Tuesday in a Sydney hospital 11 days after the Sydney nursing home blaze.

A registered nurse who was working at the facility, 35-year-old Roger Dean, is accused of starting the Nov. 18 fire and has been charged with multiple counts of murder.

Three victims died at the scene while the remainder died in hospitals of burns and smoke inhalation in the days since.