SQ Sgt. Audrey-Annie Bilodeau told CBC News Network police are hoping a number of residents were out of the home at the time of the fire, and that they will report themselves to authorities soon.
On 30-some missing people: "We hope that the number is going to go down," Bilodeau said. "We hope for the best."
The weather conditions, which often play a role in fighting fires, on the ground in L'Isle-Verte: around -19 C, feeling more like -23 with the wind chill. There are light winds from the north.
Friends and relatives of missing seniors home residents are meeting at a school, about one kilometre near the fire. "It’s a very stressful moment" for the community, reports Radio-Canada's Andree-Ann Dery.
Here's two images of the Residence du Havre building, which was built in 1997 and enlarged in 2002, before the fire. According to the home's website there are now 52 units.
Latest information on hospital: nine people in nearby Rivière-du-Loup hospital, and one taken to hospital in Quebec City. At least 16 uninjured residents are at a Red Cross shelter in L'Isle Verte.
The town of Lac-Megantic has tweeted its sympathies. "@VLacMegantic est de tout coeur avec les gens de l'Isle-Verte." Roughly translated: "Our hearts are with all the people of l'Isle-Verte."
From the SQ: If you're wondering about the status of a friend or family member at the seniors home you can call 1-800-659-4264.
Quebec police set to hold 8:30 a.m. news conference to update situation in L'Isle Verte.
The SQ said it cannot confirm if there were sprinklers in the fire-affected area of the seniors home. A pharmacy adjacent to the Residence du Havre was also destroyed by fire.
A rough translation of Andree-Ann Dery's tweet, below. Moving testimony of a man who lost his grandmother in the fire.
Police release no new information about 30 missing people at noon news conference. The SQ urged family members looking for information to call 1-800-659-4264, and asked any resident who may have been out of the home at the time to go to the Moisson-d'Or school.
The CBC's Catou MacKinnon reports the search for missing people is delayed because of both heat and ice at the site of the fire. Officials are saying it's "impossible" to get in and check for bodies.
Some details on the response to last night's fire. Around 60 firefighters from six different municipalities came to battle the blaze, and eleven ambulances came to transport 13 patients to hospital. Below, the SQ co-ordinates its response from Montreal.