Skooter reporting 06/25/12
The roof of a mall in northern Ontario collapsed and at least one person died and another one trapped inside the rubble, authorities said Sunday. After the roof collapsed, for more than 24 hours rescue workers were not able to reach the victims because the structure was too unstable. It would take until Monday morning before the structure was safe enough to conduct search and rescue teams to go back in. Images taken with the camera showed a hand and foot in the debris, Ontario Provincial Police Insp. Perey Jollymore said.
On Sunday morning, fire fighters heard tapping in another part of the rubble, but it gone quite for hours. They tried to reach that person by drilling through a wall, but they found the structure too dangerous to enter far enough inside.
Police listed nine people missing since the collapse Saturday, but the names were being withheld as members of the community accounted for their loved ones. There were 22 people suffered minor injuries in the roof collapse Saturday afternoon at the Algo Center Mall in Elliot Lake.
A part of the roof that used to be a parking area fell down two floors into an area near the food court, leaving behind a huge hole which was 12 meters (39 feet) by 24 meters (79 feet). It also downed hydro lines and triggered a gas leak.
Ontario Premiersaid he was in touch with Elliot Lake's mayor and thanked emergency crews in the city for their efforts.
The two-level mall is approximately 200,000 square feet (18,580 sq. meters). It comprises a grocery store, restaurants, a number of retail outlets, a hotel, and the constituency office for a member of the provincial parliament.