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Latvia supermarket roof collapses, dozens dead

Published:Friday | November 22, 2013 | 11:06 AM

RIGA, Latvia (AP):

Forty-seven persons are now dead including three firefighters after the roof of a supermarket caved in, in Riga, Latvia yesterday evening.

Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket's roof caved in.

Firefighters rushed in to save them, only to be crushed themselves when a second part of the roof collapsed.

The death toll from the rush-hour disaster Thursday evening at the Maxima supermarket rose to 47 on Friday police said.

Spokesman Toms Sadovskisk said the death toll is expected to go even higher, and that six of the dead were still unidentified.

Another 35 people were injured, 28 of them hospitalised, including 10 firefighters struck just as they entered the unstable building, the Fire and Rescue Service said.

It was the largest tragedy for the Baltic state since it regained independence in 1991.

Latvia's government declared three days of mourning starting Saturday.


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