Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Searchers Account for 6 Feared Missing in Mall Collapse

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Searchers Account for 6 Feared Missing in Mall Collapse

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Searchers have accounted for the six people feared missing under piles of steel and rubble after a 20-foot-high wall collapsed at a shopping mall, killing three and injuring seven.

Authorities said Friday that they did not expect to find more bodies in the rubble.

"We haven't any relatives asking us about anybody that might be left here," said Fire Chief Eddie Corral. It was possible, though, that someone had not been reported missing, especially if they lived alone, Corral said. Demolition crews were removing the last sections of a vacant department store Thursday when a section of wall common to the old store and the mall caved in. A couple of dozen "mall walkers" were exercising at the time. Six walkers and a firefighter were injured - none seriously. Cranes were brought in to lift fallen concrete roof supports and chunks of debris from the 150-foot-long section of wall, while rescuers used police dogs and fiber optic devices to search for survivors. …

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