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A firefighter stands in the ice-covered remains of the seniors' home Residence du Havre on Thursday after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec, that killed at least five people and injured 10 others, authorities said.

About 30 people remained unaccounted for in temperatures near zero Thursday night, and the death toll was expected to rise, Quebec police said. But rescuers were still holding out hope that some of those missing might have been away with their families when the enormous fire ravaged the 52-unit complex.

Firefighters walk past the Residence du Havre after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec, on Thursday.MATHIEU BELANGER / Reuters