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Man feared dead in West Quebec house fire

One man is feared dead after a flash fire destroyed an isolated home on Kawartha Road in the Breckenridge district of Outaouais’s Pontiac municipality.

Firefighters from the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais were called to the house about 20 kilometres west of Aylmer shortly before noon.

The building was quickly destroyed, said Sgt. Martin Fournel, of MRC des Collines police, who are coordinating the investigation with the fire department..

“Our information is that there was someone inside the home, possibly a man, and we will continue to investigate,” Fournel said.

Fournel said there were no indications of foul play in the fire.

The search of the ruins was being hampered by the severe cold, which rendered the site a frozen mass.

“We will require some specialized equipment to assist the search,” Fournel said.

If remains are discovered the coroner will be called.

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