The Wayward Wife (2013)

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Ignoring the risks, the wardens came running out to investigate. Peering through a thick pall of dust, they swiftly assessed the extent of the damage, dispatched a messenger to the Control Centre to ...summon ambulances, stretcher parties and rescue equipment then headed into the wreckage to aid the injured and search for survivors.
It took two wardens and a strapping young policeman to drag Breda away from her frenzied digging but they were unable to persuade her to accompany them to a first-aid post and didn’t have the heart to insist.
Supported by a WVS volunteer, she waited for news while rescue workers, a dozen or more, moved in with picks and crowbars to tunnel into the shifting mass of broken brick and splintered woodwork on the off-chance that the cry Breda claimed to have heard was not just wishful thinking.
Phantom figures clambered over the wreckage lit at first by the spouting gas flare and, after it had been capped, by shaded torches. Medical and rescue squads removed the injured and the dead while Breda, shivering, watched, until her legs finally gave way and the WVS woman lowered her into a sitting position on the ground.
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