New South Wales, November 2011

Fire - Urban - Quakers Hill Nursing Home, Sydney

Quick Statistics

11 Fatalities
32 Injured

Between 5 am and 6 am on 18 November 2011, two rooms at the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in north-west Sydney caught fire. Up to 100 residents were evacuated and approximately 32 people were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation. There were 11 fatalities.

More than 50 firefighters and more than 100 fire crews, police and ambulance attended the scene. It is believed that the nursing home had working smoke alarms but no sprinkler system fitted to the roof.

In January 2013, new laws were introduced to require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all existing Commonwealth-accredited residential aged care facilities in New South Wales.

In August 2013, a Quakers Hill Nursing Home night nurse was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the 11 residents, caused by the fire.

Among the coroner’s inquest recommendations were that nursing home staff should be trained in emergency evacuations and doors and hallways should be designed to allow fast movements of beds in an emergency.

Blacktown Sun, ‘Tenth life claimed by Quakers Hill nursing home fire’, 28 November 2011, website viewed 28 November 2011
Coroner’s Court New South Wales, Fire at Quakers Hill Nursing Home, Hambledon Rd, Quakers Hill, 9 March 2015.
NSW Police Force, 2011, Quakers Hill nursing home fire, media release, 18 November 2011, website viewed 24 November 2011
NSW Police Force, Fire at aged care facility – Quakers Hill, 18 November 2011, website viewed 18 November 2011
Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Roger Dean gets life in prison for nursing home fire’, 1 August 2013, website viewed 26 May, 2014
The Age, ‘A firefighter’s worst nightmare as multiple deaths confirmed after fire breaks out in nursing home’, 18 November 2011, website viewed 18 November 2011
The Courier Mail, ‘Elderly residents dead and seriously injured in Quakers Hill nursing home fire’, 18 November 2011, website viewed 18 November 2011
The Daily Telegraph, ‘Quakers Hill nursing home death toll rises to 10 after 87-year-old man dies in Westmead Hospital’, 26 November 2011, website viewed 28 November 2011