One dead, another injured after building collapse in North Vancouver – .

One dead, another injured after building collapse in North Vancouver – .

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British Columbia Emergency Health Services said it received a report at 8:43 a.m. regarding the collapse of the structure at the corner of Chesterfield Avenue and the West Esplanade.

A demolition team was working on the site of the former Empire Theaters, closed in 2019.

One person, who was taken by paramedics to Lions Gate Hospital, is listed in stable condition, according to a BCEHS spokesperson.

North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter Devries said paramedics also determined that another person was buried under the rubble.

“They determined that as a result of catastrophic injuries … this person died of the collapse,” said North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter Devries. “However, they were unable to retrieve the person’s body due to the danger. “

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North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Chief Greg Shalk said structural engineers and the Vancouver-based Can-TF1 Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Fire Rescue were called in to retrieve the body.

The rescued worker was extracted from inside some machines, Shalk said.

North Vancouver RCMP Serious Crime Unit and WorkSafeBC are investigating. Devries says the BC Coroners Service should also launch an investigation once there is an official declaration of death.

The accident at the site was heard and felt by residents of the Lower Lonsdale neighborhood of North Vancouver.

North Vancouver RCMP have closed traffic on Chesterfield between West 1st Street and Esplanade.


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