Heavy machinery to the rescue at mall
Jun 26, 2012 / 11:07 am
Officials in Elliot Lake, Ont. say they're planning to start dismantling part of a collapsed shopping mall in order to rescue anyone still trapped inside.
Bill Needles of the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team says heavy machinery is on its way to the northern Ontario city to help clear a path to anyone still inside the Algo Centre Mall.
He says a dangerously unstable escalator that forced crews to turn back yesterday will be deliberately knocked over and will fall away from the two victims trapped in the rubble.
He says rescue teams will then clear a path from the door at the south corner of the mall.
He says the victims are trapped within 12 metres of that entrance, and his team will enter the building to retrieve them if structural engineers give the go-ahead.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says the army is standing by and ready to assist with the rescue effort if necessary.
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