Authorities in northern Canada say some 30 people could be buried in rubble after a roof collapse at a two-story mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario. The roof collapse happened Saturday around 2:30 p.m. at Algo Centre Mall. Twenty-two people suffered minor injuries and one person has been confirmed dead.
Rescue teams discovered a severed hand and foot in the rubble on Sunday. Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team spokesman Bill Needles said the hand and foot belong to the deceased. The body has not been recovered as signs of life were detected early Monday and rescuers have been concentrating on finding survivors. Needles said a “very slow and tedious” entry into the rubble is required because the area is unstable.
The cause of the collapse is unclear. Although the roof had leaks, there were no signs of major structural problems. The mall passed a structural study in May.
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