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Machinery deployed to Canada mall collapse

Wed June 27, 2012 2:01am

Canadian authorities have sent heavy machinery to a collapsed Ontario shopping mall in the hope of digging out a possible survivor trapped for three days in the rubble.

RESCUERS have discovered one body since the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake collapsed on Saturday but fear at least one more person could be trapped in the structure after detecting signs of a life on Monday morning.

The rescue mission inside the building was suspended on Monday evening due to the risk of further collapse, drawing angry cries from victims' relatives and renewed pleas of assistance from Canada's federal government.

"Additional resources to the scene are being sent to us including heavy equipment," said Elliot Lake mayor Rick Hamilton.

More than 20 people were injured when the rooftop car-park of the Algo Centre Mall collapsed on Saturday but officials are unsure how many others might still be trapped or if they are alive or dead.

"The other issue that we are challenged with is to ascertain really who is trapped underneath the debris," said police inspector Percy Jollymore.

Rescuers hope heavy machinery will be able to dismantle or move parts of the structure to make it more stable so the rescue effort can resume.

Built in the 1980s, the shopping complex housed a grocery shop, restaurants and other stores. The cause of the collapse was not yet clear.

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