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Fire tears through Trois-Rivières seniors' residence

05/01/2012 08:43 EDT | Updated 07/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Fire engulfed a seniors’ residence in Trois-Rivières early Tuesday morning, but it appears everyone made it out safely.

The flames broke out at around 3 a.m. at the Residence Arcand in the city's Cap-de-la-Madeleine area.

Michel Letarte, spokesperson for the Trois-Rivières police, said officers were on patrol in the area when they smelled smoke.

A few moments later, calls started coming in to 911 confirming there was a fire.

“When we arrived with the firemen, all the people were out of the building,” Letarte said. “Some of those people have been [assisted] by the Trois-Rivières Red Cross.”

He couldn’t confirm how many people live in the building, but said the Red Cross was helping about nine people.

At 7 a.m. firefighters were still on scene trying to fully extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire is not known.

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