Crews are still checking the Vancouver building for possible casualties after the roof collapsed

VANCOUVER — Eight people were rescued from an office under a collapsed rooftop parking lot in east Vancouver, but a spokesperson for the fire department said it was still too early to say whether everyone had been found.

VANCOUVER — Eight people were rescued from an office under a collapsed rooftop parking lot in east Vancouver, but a spokesperson for the fire department said it was still too early to say whether everyone had been found.

“We are removing debris that needs to be removed from the building,” said Dan Moberg, deputy fire chief.

“Other than that, we’re not commenting on other people, or this, at this time,” he said, when asked if anyone was still under the rubble.

Eight people were in a room next to the collapsed area, and crews used a ladder truck to reach a second-story window and remove them Thursday night, Moberg said.

Two of the victims were treated in hospital, but their condition was not updated overnight

Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team, a specialist team that responds to major structural collapses, was tasked with clearing concrete and other debris from the search area, Moberg said.

This work was to continue until Friday, he added.

Firefighters said a small bobcat loader was working on the roof and drilling was underway on a section of the parking lot when the collapse happened around 1 p.m. Thursday.

The loader and a piece of pavement about three by four meters fell from the parking lot into the offices of a bakery below.

The area, which includes a main street next to the damaged building, remained closed early Friday.

WorkSafeBC, the agency that oversees worker safety in the province, says it has already opened an investigation into the cause of the collapse.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 15, 2022.

The Canadian Press


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