02/01/2014 02:46 EST | Updated 04/03/2014 05:59 EDT

L'Isle-Verte search for victims resumes after warrant issued

The search for eight missing people resumed in L’Isle-Verte, Que., Saturday morning after a temporary suspension.

A fire ravaged part of a seniors’ residence on Jan. 23, killing at least 24 people. Eight others are considered missing by authorities.

Search crews stopped their work mid-morning on Friday after uncovering some tangible clues as to the source of the fire.

“We decided to stop the search and ask a judge for a warrant,” said Lt. Michel Brunet of the Sureté du Québec.

Sgt. Anne Mathieu of the SQ said early Saturday that the search had resumed, and that the 50-person team of workers and two specialists — an electrician and a chemist — would proceed with their work at the site of the fire.

Mathieu said that obtaining the warrant was a crucial step.

“If there are any criminal charges, then [evidence they gather] can be admissible during the trials,” she said.