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Owners of Group Home Held Liable for Fire

The owners of a Missouri group home for the mentally ill have been held liable in civil court for a fire that killed 11 people. 

A judge found that the November 2006 fire at the Anderson Guest House was "foreseeable," and held property owners Robert and Laverne DuPont liable for $6.4 million in civil damages.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said the DuPonts did not have liability insurance on the home and will have to pay the judgment with their personal assets.

The home was operated by the Joplin River of Life Ministries, which is no longer in operation.

The DuPonts did not face criminal charges in connection with the fire, which was ruled accidental. However, the couple was convicted of violating Medicare rules following a federal investigation.