UPDATE: Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Families of Elliot Lake Victims
It was back in June that a section of roof came crashing down at a mall in Elliot Lake, killing two people.
Today, an $11.25 million lawsuit was filed in Ontario Court by a Toronto personal injury law firm.
It's on behalf of Doloris Perizzolo and Lucie Aylwin - the two women killed in when a part of the Algo Centre's roof crumbled.
The suits were brought by the father, mother and brother of Aylwin and the two daughters of Perizzolo. The total amount of damages sought works out to $2.25 million per survivor.
The five parties named in the lawsuit: the mall owner, the mall's President and Treasurer, the engineering firm that inspected the mall, the city council of Elliot lake and the Ministry of Labour..
It contends that the issues that lead to the collapse were known and were ignored.
Labour Minister Linda Jeffery says she wasn't surprised to hear of the law suit since she heard talk of it early on. Jeffery says she sends her condolences to family members who lost their loved ones. She says it is premature for her to speculate what the province would do.
The lawsuit is also asking the court to rule that negligence which puts lives at risk is not acceptable in Ontario.
(with files from Katie Franzios)