Ottawa 24th January 2014: At least 3 people were killed in a fire at home for elderly in eastern Quebec yesterday. Thirty others were missing.
The fire in the 52-unit complex broke out around 12:30 a.m. local time (05:30 GMT), in L’Isle-Verte, a smalll town of 1,500 people about 140 miles north-east of Quebec City.
A number of fire departments from around the region were called to put out the fire. Rescue operators were able to save around 20 residents of the building, which was home to over 50 people.
Most of the residents in the building were older than 75 and 37 of them were older than 85. Many of them were confined to wheelchairs and used walkers and only five were fully mobile and autonomous, according to an official.