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Canada mall roof collapse leaves 1 dead, 9 missing

A portion of the roof that serves as a parking area for the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake in Ontario, Canada, crumbled down into an area near the food court, leaving behind a gaping hole which was 39 feet by 79 feet on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

June 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
At least one person was feared dead and another was trapped inside the rubble of a roof collapse at mall in Canada, authorities said Sunday.

A portion of the roof that serves as a parking area for the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake in northern Ontario crumbled down into an area near the food court, leaving behind a gaping hole which was 39 feet by 79 feet. A couple of cars fell through the hole. The collapse also downed hydro lines and triggered a gas leak.

More than a day after the collapse, rescue crews 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.

Officials said 22 people survived with minor injuries, but nine others were still reported missing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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