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Victim’s fiance tells inquiry that miners could have helped

August 8, 2013, Elliot Lake, Ont. – The fiance of a woman killed in the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., says he doesn't understand why rescuers refused help.

August 8, 2013
By The Canadian Press

August 8, 2013, Elliot Lake, Ont. – The fiance of a woman killed in the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., says he doesn't understand why rescuers refused help.

Gary Gendron says many people in the mining area could have helped search the rubble for survivors.

But he says everyone who wanted to help was turned down.

He also says rescuers coming from Toronto arrived without any equipment.

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Gendron says he was given little official information or support in the days after the tragedy.

The second phase of the inquiry, which began Wednesday, is probing the emergency response to the collapse June 23, 2012.