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At least 10 deaths confirmed in Canada seniors' residence fire

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 - 00:55

Jan. 25 - At least 10 people are now confirmed dead and 22 are unaccounted for after a fire ripped through a seniors' residence in Quebec. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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At least 10 people are now confirmed dead in a devastating fire that ripped through a seniors' residence in Quebec. Crews continue their search through thick ice in sub zero temperatures - as 22 people are still unaccounted for. Jacques Belanger updated the media on this challenging investigation. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CIVIL-PROTECTION REGIONAL DIRECTOR JACQUES BELANGER, SAYING: "Also today a specialized piece of equipment has arrived from Saguenay which works with steam and is normally used to de-ice ships. So this piece will help greatly in melting the ice which is very thick in some parts - we are talking about 65 centimeters in some places - so this should help us enormously in our search." The blaze destroyed the wooden structure early Thursday morning. Firefighters doused the flames for hours and the water quickly turned to ice, complicating the recovery mission.

At least 10 deaths confirmed in Canada seniors' residence fire

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 - 00:55

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