Thirty-two dead or presumed dead in Quebec seniors' home fire

by Reuters
Saturday, 25 January 2014 16:18 GMT

OTTAWA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Thirty-two people died or are presumed to have died in the fire that swept through a retirement residence in the Canadian province of Quebec on Thursday, police said on Saturday. Eight bodies have been recovered.

"I think we can all agree here today, that the 24 people that are still missing - I think we can assume the worst, but you have to understand that we're not going to confirm any deaths until we've actually recovered the remains," police spokesman Guy Lapointe told a televised news conference in L'Isle-Verte, the village northeast of Quebec City where the home was located. (Reporting by Randall Palmer)

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