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Nurse in OAP blaze on murder charges

A nurse who claimed he rescued patients from a fire at a home for the elderly was today charged with murder in the blaze, which killed five people and critically injured 13 others.

Roger Dean was charged with four counts of murder, and was expected to be charged with a fifth.

Four nursing home patients died in the fire at the nursing home in Sydney's suburban Quakers Hill neighbourhood. The fifth, 97-year-old Ella Wood, died in a hospital earlier today.


Dean (35) appeared before a magistrate by video link from prison without entering a plea or applying for bail. He will appear again on Thursday.

Yesterday, Dean had told journalists he had braved dense smoke to rescue the helpless patients in his care.

"I just quickly just did what I can to get everyone out," he told reporters. "The smoke was just overwhelming, you know, we got a lot of people out, so that's the main thing."