Thursday's blaze destroyed the residence in L'Isle-Verte, a town 225 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. Crews have had trouble recovering bodies in the ice-covered rubble due to the frigid temperatures.

Provincial police gave the update at a news conference on Monday, the fifth day of the excruciating recovery effort.

On Saturday, investigators brought in equipment normally used to de-ice ships that pushes out very hot air to melt down ice that police said was 60 centimetres thick in places.
The last numbers given out by authorities on Sunday were 10 dead and 22 missing.


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