Several people trapped after shelves collapse at Edmonton lumber store

Several people trapped after shelves collapse at Edmonton lumber store
From Global News - August 12, 2017

Four people were injured, including one sent to hospital, after a row of shelves holding lumber fell like dominoes at the Windsor Plywood store Saturday morning.

Several people became stuck under some shelves and debris at the north Edmonton location, near 52 Street and 128 Avenue.

Edmonton Fire Rescue district chief Brian Lees said crews initially responded around 10 a.m. to reports of four people trapped, but isnt certain how many people were involved.

We found two peoplethey are in the care of EMSand now we have one other lady that we know of thats underneath, Lees said around 11:15 a.m.

What our problem is right now, is [that] we were informed there could possibly be two to three customers still underneath that rubble.

Lees said there was an extensive amount of lumber and the technical rescue team was called in to help cut it up.

The weight value of whats fallen is getting heavier and heavier, so the further you go, the harder it is. So were going to get technical rescue to shore up the walls, Lees said.

Lees said the rows inside the store were about six feet wide, 20 to 30 feet tall, and full of wood products.

And its on both sides, so you can walk up all the aisles and look for what you require. So you think of that, where each aisle is now collapsed like a domino effect, we need to clear probably 50 feet by 20 to 30 feet high of lumber to try and make sure that everybody is accounted for.


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