17 dead in fire at Quebec seniors' home
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Emergency workers continue the search for victims Saturday, January 25, 2014 in L'Isle-Verte, Que. at the scene of a fatal fire at a seniors residence. Quebec provincial police have raised the death toll in the fire at seniors' residence in L'Isle-Verte to 16 people and say 15 people remain missing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Authorities say 17 people are now confirmed dead and that 15 remain missing after the fire that ripped through a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec last week.
Thursday's blaze destroyed the residence in L'Isle-Verte, about 240 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.
Only three people have been formally identified by the coroner's office thus far.
Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Ann Mathieu says the searches are progressing well and about 50 people are combing the rubble of the building in teams.
Earlier today, media were granted increased access to the remnants of the Residence du Havre to see the efforts.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is among those who are expected to attend a commemorative ceremony in L'Isle-Verte this coming Saturday.
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