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Key dates related to Algo Centre Mall collapse in Elliot Lake, Ont.

03/19/2013 03:18 EDT | Updated 05/19/2013 05:12 EDT
ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. - A chronology of events related to last year's collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont.:

— 1976: Algoma Central Properties asks architect James Keywan to design new mall.

— 1979: Construction starts on $12-million Algo Centre Mall with John Kadlec as structural engineer.

— 1980: First tenants occupy completed mall. Leaking problems soon emerge.

— June 1999: Mall sold to Elliot Lake Retirement Living.

— August 2005: Bob Nazarian, under name Eastwood Mall Inc., buys the mall for $6.2 million.

— December 2009: Fireproofing applied to steel beam with weld that failed but rust not reported.

— March 2012: Mall management pleads guilty to two fire-code infractions. Fined $5,000.

— April 2012: MRW inspection report — last of many over the years — sounds no structural alarm.

— June 23, 2012: Rooftop garage caves in, killing Lucie Aylwin, 37, Doloris Perizzolo, 74, and injuring several other people.

— June 24, 2012: Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team arrives from Toronto.

— June 25, 2012: Searchers call off rescue effort hours after detecting signs of life in rubble.

— June 27, 2012: The bodies of the two victims are recovered.

— July 20, 2012: Province announces inquiry into the tragedy under Commissioner Paul Belanger.

— March 4, 2013: Hearings at public inquiry begin.

SOURCE:The Canadian Press/Elliot Lake Inquiry