Sydney nursing-home fire death toll rises to nine

Injured nursery home resident in Sydney. Photo: 18 November 2011
Image caption The blaze left dozens of elderly residents in hospital in Sydney

A 90-year-old woman has died following a suspected arson attack at a Sydney nursing home, bringing the death toll from the fire to nine.

Police said Neeltje Valkay died in hospital on Tuesday morning.

The fire engulfed the nursing home in Quakers Hill early on Friday morning. Six of the other victims have been named but two are yet to be formally identified.

A nurse, 35-year-old Roger Dean, has been charged with murder.

He is due to appear in court on Thursday and police say he is likely to face further charges.

Dozens of other nursing home residents were injured in the fire and several remain in a critical condition in hospital.

Three of the victims died at the scene and six more in hospital.

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