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In pictures: Destruction and devastation in Lac-Mégantic

Firefighters continue their effort to contain explosions that erupted after a freight train derailed in Quebec's Eastern Townships early Saturday morning.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with firefighters on July 7, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on a tour of the area the day after a train derailed and exploded in the centre of town.

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Bernard Thiberge waits outside the high school where The Red Cross has set up to assist in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 6, 2013.

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People comfort each other in front of the refugee centre at the local high school on July 7, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Que. Five people have been confirmed dead and forty more are listed as missing.

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A temporary operations centre police have set up in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 7, 2013.

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Damaged rail containers and twisted wreckage can be seen on the main road through downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que. early July 7, 2013, a day after a train carrying crude oil tankers derailed and burst into flames.

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Firefighters continue to douse rail containers in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que. early July 7, 2013 a day after a train carrying crude oil tankers derailed and burst into flames.

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A tanker continues to burn as firefighters douse rail containers in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que. early July 7, 2013 a day after a train carrying crude oil tankers derailed and burst into flames.

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A close-up image of the tanker that continues to burn in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que. early July 7, 2013.

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Charred vehicles and fire retardant foam can be seen in front of the destroyed Musi-Café on the main road in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que. early July 7, 2013.

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An overhead shot of downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que. on July 7, 2013 as efforts to tame the blaze continue.

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Monique Cliche reacts to the news that her condo was not damaged as she waits outside Polyvalente Montignac school on July 7, 2013. Cliche is one of hundreds of displaced Lac-Mégantic, Que. residents forced to flee their homes after a catastrophic early-morning trail derailment July 6, 2013.

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A few of the hundreds of displaced residents of Lac-Mégantic, Que. read news outside Polyvalente Montignac school on July 7, 2013 about the previous day's derailment.

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Firefighters continue to work at the scene of the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 7, 2013.

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A popular lookout, marked by the cross, is seen in the distance as firefighters attempt to put out the flames in Lac-Mégantic, Que.' July 7, 2013.

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A burnt out vehicle sits near the wreckage of a train car after a train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 7, 2013.

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A close-up image of the burnt out vehicle and train car in Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 7, 2013.

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A firefighter works at ground-level on the scene of a train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., July 7, 2013.

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Burnt out buildings are seen near the wreckage of a train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., July 7, 2013.

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A close-up of the destruction resulting from explosions after a driverless freight train derailed in the downtown core of Lac-Mégantic, Que., on July 6, 2013. This photo was taken more than 24 hours after the incident.

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Homes are seen near the wreckage of the Lac-Mégantic, Que., train derailment in July 7, 2013.

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Melted siding on a home is seen near the scene of the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., July 7, 2013.

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Damaged rail containers and twisted wreckage can be seen on the main road through downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec early July 7, 2013, a day after a train carrying crude oil tankers derailed and burst into flames.

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Tanker cars are seen outside the town of Lac-Mégantic July 7, 2013 in Nantes, Quebec.

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Tanker cars are seen outside the town of Lac-Mégantic July 7, 2013 in Nantes, Quebec.

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Tanker cars are seen outside the town of Lac-Mégantic July 7, 2013 in Nantes, Quebec.

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Quebec provincial police lieutenant Michel Brunet speaks to reporters July 7, 2013 near the site of a devastating train derailment in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic. Brunet said they expect more fatalities among the missing.

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Displaced residents in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec wait outside Polyvalente Montignac school July 7, 2013. Hundreds were forced to flee their homes after a catastrophic train derailment early Saturday.

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Tanker cars are seen outside the town of Lac-Mégantic July 7, 2013 in Nantes, Quebec.

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An aerial view of Lac-Mégantic, Que. on July 7, 2013, after after a train derailment and explosion a day earlier.

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An aerial view of Lac-Mégantic, Que. on July 7, 2013, after after a train derailment and explosion a day earlier.

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Residents of Lac-Mégantic, Que. gather on a hill top July 7, 2013.

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