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Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:19 AM EST
Canadian investigators are picking through the icy rubble of a seniors' facility in Quebec, trying to identify more victims of the fire that destroyed the facility yesterday morning.
Sheets of ice and thick icicles now cover what remains of the structure. The sub-freezing temperatures have hampered the recovery effort. A police official says three search teams of police, firefighters and coroners are going through the wreckage, using steam to melt the ice.
The cause of yesterday's fire is still unclear.
Witnesses have given horrific accounts of seeing people die in the flames. Most of the residents probably never had a chance to escape. Many were over 85, had little or no mobility and were confined to wheelchairs or walkers.
073-r-10- --This is sound of the fire crackling, wind and fire and hoses spraying a burning seniors' home in eastern Quebec. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Jan 2014)
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074-a-02-(Robert Berube, man whose mother lived in the facility that caught fire, in interview Thursday)-"handicap you know"-Robert Berube says his elderly mother is one of those is unaccounted for. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (24 Jan 2014)
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046-w-33-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent, with Quebec Provincial Police Lt. Guy (Ghee) LaPointe, Robert Berube, man whose mother lived in the facility, and Francois LaPointe, a member of Quebec's parliament)--A fire that raced through a home for seniors in eastern Quebec has killed at least 5 people and left about 30 missing. AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports the search for victims is difficult. ((watch for dating)) (24 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO RYR101: Firefighters continue to douse the rubble where fire destroyed a a seniors residence leaving three people dead and 30 unaccounted for in L'Isle-Verte, Que., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 The fire trapped terrified residents, most of them dependent on wheelchairs and walkers. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) (23 Jan 2014)
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