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Units narrow search area for a person missing in parking-deck collapse

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Key takeaways: 

  • Units are getting in search dogs and heavy machinery to find the missing individual.
  • Crews zeroed in on a section of debris Friday after digging for the missing person through the night.

Search and rescue workers think they have found the place where one person stays trapped after part of a rooftop parking deck tumbled into the office area below in East Vancouver on Thursday.

Crews zeroed in on a quarter of rubble Friday after digging for the missing person through the night.

“We have a broad idea of where they were last seen,” stated Trevor Connelly, assistant chief of operations with Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services. “Search dogs on location determined an area where we could concentrate our search … that’s what we’re doing now.”

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Search and rescue workers think they have found the place where one person stays trapped after part of a rooftop parking deck tumbled into the office area below in East Vancouver on Thursday

Connelly told the crew had tried to make voice communication with the person but hadn’t heard any answers or noises back.

Crews carefully filter through an irregular heap of concrete, dirt, drywall, electrical wires, metal ducting, and other remains. The chief added that a vacuum truck would be coming Friday to clear rubble from the area.

“There was a large mound of dirt on the parking surface site when it collapsed, and that large pile of dirt did go into the hole with everything else,” Connelly said. “The work is too painstakingly slow.”

Source – CBC News

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