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Summerland victim reaching out to culprits for 'closure'

Fri, 01 Apr 2016

A Summerland victim is appealing to the three friends who started the blaze to get in touch.
48-year-old Ruth McQuillan-Wilson was just five-years-old when the fire started by the boys in the kiosk who had broken in to smoke a cigarette in 1973. 
Her mother, father and sister had to run through flames to survive it, causing disfiguring burns to the back of her legs and hands - 50 others were killed as a result. 
Ruth believes she can't move on from the events until she's spoken to them - and says the after-effects of what happened are still a struggle today: 


  • Ruth McQuillian-Wilson

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