Latvian store search ends with death toll at 54

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 9:04 AM

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia's rescue service says it has finished searching the site of a collapsed supermarket in which 54 people died, including three firefighters, and at least 40 were injured.

The four-day operation was interrupted on Saturday when a large portion of the roof caved in, but no one was injured.

Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis on Monday called the supermarket collapse a "serious crime" and said it is not a case where there can be no guilty party.

Latvian officials say 40 people are participating in the investigation, which will likely take several weeks. Possible explanations for the disaster include a flawed design, substandard construction materials, and corruption.

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