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Zolitude experiment: roof section's structure has collapsed

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, April 17th, as part of the police experiment, supports of the remaining section of the roof of the former Maxima supermarket failed to hold up the weight of water and collapsed, as reported by State Police press-representative Toms Sadovskis.

After nearly half a day, supports could no longer support the increased pressure on the roof and collapsed under the weight. The roof caved-in as experts had initially planned it. This means the goal of the experiment has been achieved and the necessary data has been acquired. ‘Water stayed in the pools, but the roof’s construction failed,’ – added Sadovskis.

Sadovskis emphasized that experts are busy analysing the acquired data. Based on results of this analysis, experts will be able to formulate their conclusion on the cause of the tragedy.

The police had previously reported that roof supports had started deforming shortly after the beginning of the experiment.

The experiment was launched April 14th.

Head of State Police Criminal Office Andrejs Grishins had previously told journalists that the goal of the experiment is the acquisition of data for the preparation of the final conclusion in the investigation.

The final conclusions are likely to come mid-autumn 2014. The investigation of the tragedy will include the newly-acquired data from this experiment and data from the experiment aimed at testing the remaining structures with controlled fire. The latter is aimed to determine whether or not the fire that broke out during the initial construction of the supermarket had had any impact on the stability and quality of the construction and whether or not the construction company had performed the necessary steps to repair the damage.

The police plan to leave the ruins of the supermarket in Zolitude by the end of May.

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