Officials searching building after roof collapses in Trois-Rivières – Montreal

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Officials are searching the wreck of a heavily damaged building in Trois-Rivieres, Que., to ensure nobody is trapped inside.

Fire department spokesman Dany Cloutier says there are unconfirmed reports that a person might have been inside the commercial building when the roof caved in just after 1 p.m. today.

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Cloutier says a canine search-and-rescue team has been called in to help search for any possible victims.

A team of technical specialists from the Montreal fire department is also en route to verify the site is safe before anyone ventures further under the wreckage.

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The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the roof of a grocery store partially collapsed in the Quebec City suburb of Levis.

Two people suffered minor injuries in that incident, which is still under investigation.

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Pedestrian bridge connecting condo to school partially collapses, no injuries reported

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Parts of a pedestrian bridge that connects an East York condo to an elementary school collapsed early Saturday morning, leaving a hole in the middle of the walkway.

Toronto Fire Services got a call at 6:22 a.m. about concrete that had fallen from the underside of the bridge. When they arrived, there was a hole in the bridge, which stands 5 metres off the ground.

Mayor John Tory said he will inquire with officials about how the bridge could have collapsed and look at its maintenance throughout the year.
Mayor John Tory said he will inquire with officials about how the bridge could have collapsed and look at its maintenance throughout the year.  (John Tory via Twitter)

The bridge is commonly used by students to get to Crescent Town Elementary School, but there were no injuries reported. “We will be advising parents that the bridge is not accessible until further notice,” Ryan Bird, Toronto District School Board spokesperson, said in an email.

The bridge is owned by both the TDSB and Pinedale Properties, the owner of the condo. Bird said Pinedale’s portion of the bridge was the section that collapsed and that the TDSB has secured it’s own side of the bridge.

Toronto Fire noticed there had been reinforcements placed on the bridge, indicating work had been previously done on the infrastructure.

Mayor John Tory visited the school later in the day, tweeting that it was a “miracle” it happened when no one was crossing the bridge to go to school.

“I will be making inquiries of (TDSB and Pinedale) as to how the bridge got into this state including a review of repairs done in the past year,” he tweeted. “I will also be asking questions about inspections done on this bridge (and) others like it.”

Bianca Bharti is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @biancabharti

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