ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. — Rescuers stopped to post Facebook pictures of the fatal Elliot Lake mall collapse while on the job, an inquiry heard Tuesday.
Ontario Provincial Police officer Daniel Bailey told the commission Tuesday he observed members of the fire department and Task Force 3 taking “trophy photos” during rescue efforts at the Algo Centre Mall.
“I was kind of appalled,” Bailey said. “I did observe various firemen taking pictures ... and not all of the victims had been removed."
He said they were “sending pictures on Facebook" of “people standing/posing” amidst the debris.
“Firefighters were sending these pictures (and) someone was posting them on Facebook,” Bailey said, mentioning that he did not see these posted photos, and did not know who was responsible for posting them.
Lucie Aylwin, 37, and Doloris Perizzolo, 74, were killed at the Algo Centre Mall when its rooftop parking lot caved in on June 23, 2012.
The search was called off two days later due to safety concerns despite the fact rescuers saw signs of life in the rubble that morning.
A months-long public inquiry into the collapse it has revealed the mall's shoddy construction and design had long caused problems, including a leaking roof, but successive owners failed to fix them.
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