Tragedy struck a mall at Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada on the weekend. Part of the roof which was also used to park cars crashed down through two stories into the food court on the main floor. It took days to retrieve two victims because the concrete slabs hung up on a stair-well and the victims could not be retrieved without disassembling that structure with a long-reach articulated excavator. The delay to bring in such equipment from hundreds of miles away was terrible as it was thought one may have survived.
The miracle? One could hold that nothing good happened because buildings just should not collapse, but poor design and maintenance was another story. The miracle is that the food court was one of the busiest places in the mall and just minutes before the collapse there were dozens in the path of the concrete. The miracle is that only two died. Sometimes, at the worst of times, good things happen.