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L'Isle Verte Fire Death Toll Rises To 24, 8 Remain Missing

01/31/2014 05:01 EST | Updated 04/02/2014 05:59 EDT
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L'ISLE-VERTE, QC - JANUARY 24: The search continues as 30 people remain missing after a massive fire in L'Isle-Verte, a small community of approximately 1,500 people in Quebec. Crews are battling cold temperatures and hazardous conditions. Fire ripped through Residence du Havre, a seniors' residence, in the early morning hours of January 23. January 24, 2014. (Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
L'ISLE-VERTE, Que. - Quebec provincial police said Friday that 24 people have been confirmed dead in a fire that ripped through a seniors' home last week.

Another eight people were still listed as officially missing Friday following the early morning blaze at the Residence du Havre in L'Isle-Verte on Jan. 23.

Eight of the 24 dead have been officially identified by Quebec coroner's officials.

Quebec provincial police said on their Facebook page they were working on a part of the seniors' residence that could be where the fire began.

A commemorative ceremony will be held in L'Isle-Verte on Saturday morning.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston are among those set to attend the event.

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