Authorities say 14 people are now confirmed dead and that another 18 are missing after fire ripped through a seniors’ residence in eastern Quebec.

Thursday’s blaze destroyed the residence in L’Isle-Verte, about 240 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

Provincial police gave the update at a news conference late this afternoon.

The last numbers given out by authorities on Sunday were 10 dead and 22 missing.

A spokesman for Stephen Harper confirmed earlier today the prime minister will attend a commemorative ceremony in L’Isle-Verte this coming Saturday.