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Too early to say smoker caused blaze

Authorities are saying it is too early to conclude that a cigarette caused the deadly blaze in a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec.

Provincial police say it is just one of many hypotheses that are being investigated.

Various media reported Friday that a smoker at the residence in L'Isle-Verte caused the fire.

Police said today that eight people are dead and another 24 are missing after Thursday morning's fire.

The last numbers given out by authorities were eight dead and about 30 missing.

A coroner's official says two of the victims have been formally identified and that their names will be released later today.

The Canadian Press

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