Gary Gendron, whose fiancée is missing in the partial collapse of a mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., is among residents who are anxiously awaiting the restart of search efforts today following an outcry by local residents and an appeal from the premier.
"I'm going to be here when they pull her out," Gendron told CBC's Heather Hiscox early Tuesday morning.
At least one person was killed — although no name has been released — after part of Algo Centre Mall's roof caved in on Saturday afternoon, sending metal and concrete plunging two storeys to the floor.
Despite the tragedy, Gendron has faith that his future wife, Lucie Aylwin, is safe.
"She’s a good-hearted person just like the way I am," Gendron said, adding that he and his fiancée had breakfast together Saturday morning before she set out for her job at a lottery kiosk in the mall.
Rescue workers believed they heard tapping Sunday following the disaster, and Gendron said that signalled to him that Aylwin was trapped inside.
"Every time that we go on holidays or ... if there is a bathroom next to each other, we always do the tap-tap twice," he said. "I know it sounds maybe dumb and stupid, but it is not. It is cute actually. We always did it from Day 1 when we started being together."