Death toll in Sydney nursing home fire climbs to 9

November 22, 2011 - 12:25 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — An 90-year-old woman died Tuesday from injuries suffered in a Sydney nursing home fire, raising the death toll from the suspected arson to nine.

Eight other residents remained in hospitals with burns and smoke inhalation from Friday's fire, which authorities allege was set by a nurse who worked at the facility.

Police said the latest fatality, Neeltje Valkay, died in a Sydney hospital Tuesday morning. The eighth victim, Doris Becke, 96, had died in another hospital over Monday night.

Nurse Roger Dean, 35, has been charged with multiple counts of murder.