L'Isle-Verte fire: 'Search for victims is over'

Police search the scene after a fire fire through the Residence du Havre seniors home in l'Isle...

Police search the scene after a fire fire through the Residence du Havre seniors home in l'Isle Verte . (STEVENS LEBLANC/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

L'ISLE-VERTE, QC.-- Rescue operations have been suspended in the town of L'Isle-Verte where a deadly fire tore through the Residence du Havre seniors home on January 23.

"Our experts have combed the entire area," said Surete de Quebec Lt. Michel Brunet. "The search for victims is over, but we will continue to investigate the cause of the fire."

Thirty two people died in the fire. Twenty seven bodies were recovered, while five bodies are still unaccounted for. Police hope that they will be identified through DNA matching on human remains discovered on-site.

Ten of the bodies that were recovered have been officially identified, and nine of those names have been made public. The most recent name to be released was Madeleine Fraser, 86.

A memorial mass was held on Saturday in L'Isle-Verte to pay tribute to the victims. Attendees included Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, and Governor General David Johnston.


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