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De-icing machine used for ships brought in for Quebec fire recovery

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Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:03 PM -

Cold weather continues to hamper search and rescue efforts at the seniors' residence that was gutted by fire in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec last week.

Ten people are confirmed dead and 22 are still unaccounted for and presumed dead, officials say.

SEE ALSO: Officials use steam to melt icy rubble

Snow, blowing snow and powerful winds on Sunday made it extremely difficult for recovery crews to do their work and withstand the cold.

A de-icing machine that's usually used for ships was brought in to help melt the thick ice covering the area.

According to The Canadian Press, Provincial police Lieutenant Guy Lapointe says the machine will help searchers to be more delicate in their approach.

With files from The Canadian Press

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