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Louafi Larbi  /  Reuters
Rescue workers search for survivors Tuesday after a four-story hotel collapsed in the old district in central Algiers, Algeria.
updated 12/20/2005 4:01:25 PM ET 2005-12-20T21:01:25

The facade of a dilapidated hotel collapsed early Tuesday in Algeria's capital, killing eight people and injuring 21 others, authorities said.

Rescue workers with sniffer dogs retrieved the bodies from the three-story Hadika Hotel in downtown Algiers near the north African country's National Theater, officials said.

The dead included six men, a woman and a child. Their nationalities were not immediately available.

The 34-room hotel, built around 1860, crumbled with about 30 people inside, officials said. A couple with their young son were killed, and at least one person was in serious condition at a hospital.

The cause of the collapse was under investigation.

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