Too early to determine L'Isle-Verte fire cause: SQ

Reports said smoker caused horrific seniors' home blaze

A burning cigarette is just one of the possible causes of the deadly blaze in a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec, police said Saturday.

Some media reported Friday that a smoker at the residence in L'Isle-Verte caused the fire, which killed eight people and has left another 24 presumed dead.

"What's been said is one hypothesis among many,'' Quebec provincial police Lt. Guy Lapointe told a news conference.

"When you conduct an investigation of this magnitude, you have to determine all the facts and not simply just one or two in order to achieve a conclusion.

"For us, there are still many hypotheses on the table'', added Lapointe.

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