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Quebec police say body of woman, 43, found in burned out home northeast of Montreal

Quebec police say it isn't clear whether the cause of death was the fire or something else. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard

The body of a 43-year-old woman was found in a fire-ravaged home northeast of Montreal, police said Monday, adding that a man in his 30s with severe burns was under surveillance in hospital.

Provincial police identified the victim as Audrey-Sabrina Gratton, 43, of Sorel-Tracy, Que.

Officers were called just before midnight Sunday to a home on Turcotte Street, a residential neighbourhood of Sorel-Tracy, located about 90 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

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A man in his 30s was found by police near the home, but they did not say what link he had with the woman.

Police spokesman Nicolas Scholtus-Champagne said an autopsy will confirm whether the victim died in the fire or in another way.

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The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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