Downtown Toronto Theatre Collapses; One Dead, One Trapped Inside

News   Downtown Toronto Theatre Collapses; One Dead, One Trapped Inside The Uptown Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, collapsed this morning during preparations for the demolition to the landmark venue. Several reports reveal at least two people were trapped inside the rubble.

A wall adjacent to the neighboring Yorkville English Academy fell. Injuries have been reported, and several harmed including construction workers have already been taken to nearby hospitals. Both paramedics and firefighters at the scene of the incident. One adult male was pronounced dead on the scene after being pulled from the wreckage. Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart explained to reporters that at least one person — with whom they have made visual contact — is still trapped and workers are attempting to rescue the victim, whose condition is unknown.

The Uptown Theatre, located at Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto, opened in 1920 as both a movie house and live stage venue. In 2001, the owners were told by the Ontario Human Rights Commissions to make the theatre wheelchair accessible. The owners decided to close the theatre instead, claiming renovations would be too costly. The venue then became the subject of a campaign to save the landmark venue from demolition. However, the petitioning was unsuccessful.

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