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Power Park search & rescue resumes

Rescue officials will continue searching for survivors after a building collapsed in Power Park.

The old power plant in Soweto collapsed on 25 June 2014. Picture: IWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Rescue officials are expected to return to the scene of a fatal building collapse in Power Park, Soweto this morning.

Cable thieves allegedly tried to strip the building of materials to sell when the old power plant collapsed on Wednesday.

At least three people have died and at least five others were injured.

One of the injured had to have his hand amputated in order to be rescued.

Rescue officials are expected to return to the collapsed building with engineers to help them lift heavy metal.

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services and police on Friday called off their search after the police's K9 Unit couldn't get any deeper into the rubble.

Officials spent three days last week trying to reach those trapped beneath the rubble with scores of rescuers arriving by the hour.

The police's Kay Makhubela says those rescued might be arrested after the owners laid a charge of theft.

"We will make an arrest as soon as we have concrete evidence."

The families of those still believed to be trapped in the building have pleaded with officials to continue with the search.