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1 dead after retirement home fire in Bancroft, Ont.

A woman was found dead after an early-morning fire at the R.J. Brooks Retirement Centre in Bancroft, Ont., Thursday.

R.J. Brooks Retirement Centre residents temporarily moved to Bancroft Bible Chapel

The R.J. Brooks Retirement Centre in downtown Bancroft, Ont., in 2012. (Google Street View)

A woman was found dead after an early-morning fire at the R.J. Brooks Retirement Centre in Bancroft, Ont.

OPP were called to the facility on Alice Street in Bancroft, around 220 kilometres west of Ottawa, just after 4 a.m. Thursday.

An "elderly" woman's body was found after the fire, OPP said in a news release.

The fire was limited to her second-floor unit, which was extensively damaged by flames and smoke, Const. Phil Regamey said in a phone interview later Thursday morning.

Her name is not being released because police are still trying to reach her friends and family.

Cause of fire and woman's death unknown

Her cause of death hasn't yet been determined, and an autopsy has been scheduled, Regamey said.

The cause of the fire is also unknown. It's under investigation by police, the Bancroft Fire Department, the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office and the coroner.

Part of that investigation will involve checking the facility's smoke alarms and sprinklers, Regamey said.

The retirement home's 47 other residents have been temporarily moved to the Bancroft Bible Chapel on Hastings Street North, said Bancroft fire chief Pat Hoover.

Hoover said officials are still trying to figure out how many residents can return, as there was smoke damage on the second floor and concerns about air quality.

People who want to check on their loved ones are asked to go to the chapel.

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