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 Nov 21,2013 Thursday evening at the Maxima supermarket in Riga rose to at least 51 on Friday Nov 22,2013 including three firefighters, 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 hospitalized, including 10 firefighters struck just as they entered the unstable building, the Fire and Rescue Service said.
The reason for the collapse was still not known, but rescue and police officials said workers had been building a garden on the roof as part of the supermarket’s original design. Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs told reporters that large bags of earth and sand on a weak spot on the roof could have caused the collapse.