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Four killed, dozens feared trapped in Latvia shop collapse

Emergency service specialists work at a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and dozens more were feared trapped after the roof of a busy supermarket in Latvia's capital Riga collapsed, a rescue official s
Emergency service specialists work at a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and dozens more were feared trapped after the roof of a busy supermarket in Latvia's capital Riga collapsed, a rescue official said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rescuers search for survivors on Nov 21, 2013, at the Maxima supermarket in Riga. Four people were killed and around 30 others injured when the roof of a supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Latvia's capital, emergency services said. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescuers search for survivors on Nov 21, 2013, at the Maxima supermarket in Riga. Four people were killed and around 30 others injured when the roof of a supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Latvia's capital, emergency services said. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescuers search for survivors on Nov 21, 2013, under the rubble at the Maxima supermarket in Riga. Four people were killed and around 30 others injured when the roof of a supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Latvia's capital, emergency services said.
Rescuers search for survivors on Nov 21, 2013, under the rubble at the Maxima supermarket in Riga. Four people were killed and around 30 others injured when the roof of a supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Latvia's capital, emergency services said. -- PHOTO: AFP
Emergency service medics take care of an injured person near a store with a collapsed roof in Riga, Latvia on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Emergency service medics take care of an injured person near a store with a collapsed roof in Riga, Latvia on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A general view shows a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A general view shows a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Firefighters work near a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Firefighters work near a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The collapsed roof of a store is pictured in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The collapsed roof of a store is pictured in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Rescuers work at the Maxima grocery store after its roof collapsed in Riga, Latvia, on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: AP
Rescuers work at the Maxima grocery store after its roof collapsed in Riga, Latvia, on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. -- PHOTO: AP
A general view shows a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. The cause of the collapse was not known. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A general view shows a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. The cause of the collapse was not known. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Ambulances are pictured parked near a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. The cause of the collapse was not known. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Ambulances are pictured parked near a store with a collapsed roof in Riga on Nov 21, 2013. Four people were killed and around 30 others were injured in the incident. The cause of the collapse was not known. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIGA (REUTERS) - 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 spokesman Inga Vetere said.

Riga's deputy mayor Andris Ameriks said on television that 50 people were trapped. Rescue services said this 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," Ms Vetere said.

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 sq m in size, was surrounded by ambulances and fire trucks as rescue workers tried to free those trapped inside the building in a Riga suburb.