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It was a horrific scene at a nursing home in L’Isle-Verte, Montreal, Quebec on January 23, 2014. A fire tore through the home, killing 32 frail seniors. Twenty residents survived. Residence du Havre sat on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. That night a fierce wind blew off the water and exacerbated the spread of the already intense fire. At 12:30 a.m., local firefighters, as well as rescue workers from five surrounding communities, arrived, according to an eyewitness who lives across the street. The wind proved to be a hindrance to the rescue efforts. Firefighters just could not reach the victims through the flames. Soon after their arrival, the building collapsed. To add insult to injury, arctic temperatures complicated search efforts. Water used to put out the fire immediately froze, creating an icy tomb for the victims. The ice was a foot thick in some places.

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