Eight Dead in Quebec Fire at Elderly Complex

Search teams combed ice-covered debris for dozens of elderly people reported missing in the aftermath of a fire at a senior retirement complex in a small town in Canada’s Quebec province, reports CNN.

At least eight people died in the fire that swept through the Residence du Havre in L’Isle-Verte, said Lt. Guy Lapointe, a police spokesman. Up to 30 people are missing, he said.

Frigid temperatures have made search efforts difficult, Lapointe said. Water used to fight the fire froze, coating the collapsed three-story building in ice.

Lapointe said it was unknown how long it will take to complete the search.

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