Criminal probe launched into Elliot Lake mall roof collapse

CBC News

New information has led the Ontario provincial police to deem their probe of a fatal mall roof collapse in Elliot Lake a criminal investigation.

Two women were killed on June 23 when the roof of the Algo Centre Mall caved in and plummeted two floors down into the building.

The Ontario Provincial Police were assisting the Ontario Chief Coroner’s office in its investigation into the deaths of Doloris Perizzolo, 74, and Lucie Aylwin, 37, but “as a result of information obtained,” the police said Tuesday they are now also looking into the collapse as a criminal investigation.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a public inquiry into the mall collapse Friday following public outcry about why search-and-rescue efforts were called off two days after the accident, only to be restarted hours later after an appeal from McGuinty.

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