1 feared dead in Canada roof collapse
Sunday, June 24, 2012
ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario (AP) — At least one person is feared dead and another trapped inside the rubble of a roof collapse at mall in northern Ontario, authorities said Sunday.
More than 24 hours after the collapse, rescue workers have been unable to reach the victim because the structure is too unstable. But images taken with the camera show a hand and foot in the dusty debris, said Ontario Provincial Police Insp. Percy Jollymore.
Fire officials heard tapping Sunday morning in another part of the rubble, but nothing had been heard for hours. They said they also tried to reach that person by drilling through a wall, but found the structure too unsafe to risk entering far enough inside.
Police have a list of nine people missing since the collapse Saturday, but the names are being crossed off as members of the community account for their loved ones.
At least 22 people suffered minor injuries in the roof collapse Saturday afternoon at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake.
A portion of the roof that serves as a parking area crumbled down two floors into an area near the food court, leaving behind a gaping hole 39 feet by 79 feet. It also downed hydro lines and triggered a gas leak.