Four killed, dozens feared trapped in Latvia shop collapse

Emergency service specialists work at a store with a collapsed roof in Riga November 21, 2013. Two people were killed and more are feared trapped after the roof collapsed on Thursday evening, a rescue official said. Latvian rescue service spokeswoman Inga Vetere said at least 20 more people were injured. The cause of the collapse was not known. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA - Tags: DISASTER)

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Emergency service specialists work at a store with a collapsed roof in Riga Thursday evening.

Four people were killed and dozens more were feared trapped after the roof of a busy supermarket in Latvia’s capital Riga collapsed on Thursday evening, a rescue official said.

“Around 30 people are injured, there are four people dead, including one rescue service worker,” rescue service spokeswoman Inga Vetere said.

Two people were killed and more are feared trapped after the roof collapsed on Thursday evening, a rescue official said.

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Two people were killed and more are feared trapped after the roof collapsed on Thursday evening, a rescue official said.

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Riga’s deputy mayor Andris Ameriks said on television that 50 people were trapped. Rescue services said this was only a rough estimate.

Rescue services said that the depty mayor's report of 50 people trapped was only a rough estimate.

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Rescue services said that the depty mayor’s report of 50 people trapped was only a rough estimate.

“It is very hard to tell because it is a shop and there are many people in the shop at that time of day,” Vetere said.

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Ambulances are seen at the scene of the collapse. The cause is not yet known.

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Ambulances are seen at the scene of the collapse. The cause is not yet known.

The cause of the collapse was not known but local media said work was being carried out on the roof before it happened.

The Maxima supermarket, estimated at around 500 square meters (5,380 square feet) in size, was surrounded by ambulances and fire trucks as rescue workers tried to free those trapped inside the building in a Riga suburb.

Local media said work was being carried out on the roof before it happened.

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Local media said work was being carried out on the roof before it happened.


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