A nursing home in Sydney has reopened nearly two-and-a-half years after it was destroyed by fire which was deliberately lit by an employee.
A nursing home in Sydney's north-west has reopened today nearly 2.
5 years after it was destroyed by fire.
A nurse at the Quakers Hill home deliberately lit the blaze which killed 11 people.
Paul Kadak has the details.
Certainly a poignant day here in Quakers Hill.
A new beginning but only after a terrible tragedy.
It was just before 5am on that morning in November 2011 that the fire alarms welt off at the old Quakers Hill Nursing Home.
It was deliberately lit by Roger Dean.
What followed was a desperate effort to save the almost 90 residents.
11 would not survive and Dean is now serving life in jail for the murder.
Today sees the opening of the brand-new Quakers Hill Nursing Home.
Its owners say it will be able to deal with more than the old, including seven new dimension rooms.
Also a state-of-the-art sprinkler system which the home did not have.
Nor did many others at the time because it was not a requirement.
The disaster saw a change in the law to make them compulsory by 2016 but, as Seven News revealed last night, almost half of the nursing homes are yet to comply.
At the official opening emergency workers were first on the scene of the fire and the family of the residents who were evacuated.
When I was standing on the ruins of the old Quakers Hill Nursing Home, I promised myself we would not be defeated.
We promised to come home as soon as we could.
The new home includes a garden memorial to those who helped and those who died.