Three people are dead and 30 people are unaccounted for after an overnight fire broke out at a seniors' residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que.
Firefighters said they received a call shortly after 12:30 a.m. ET from La Résidence du Havre on Quai Street in the small community east of Rivière-du-Loup.
Between 50 and 60 people live at the residence and several were taken into safety of the Red-Cross.
About 20 people have been injured and taken to local hospitals in Rivière-du-Loup and Quebec City. Other people who were not injured were taken to a nearby school.
Quebec provincial police Sgt. Audrey-Annie Bilodeau said emergency crews are still in rescue mode, as they search for the missing residents.
“We hope for the best,” she said. “We hope that the number is going to go down.”
About 1,500 people live in the rural town of L'Isle-Verte. Several nearby homes were evacuated.
Cold temperature adds extra challenges
The fire is under control, but images show a demolished building, with little more than a frame left behind in some places.
The extreme cold weather is complicating the work of emergency crews, officials said, as the temperature was about –19 C.
Family members looking for more information can call 418-868-1000 or toll free at 1-800-659-4264.
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