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Owner of collapsed Haiti school arrested; 88 dead

The owner of a school in Petionville, Haiti was arrested Saturday after it collapsed during school hours Friday, killing at least 88 people, the Associated Press reported.

"Fortin Augustin, the preacher who owns and built College La Promesse in suburban Port-au-Prince, was arrested late Saturday and charged with involuntary manslaughter, said police spokesman Garry Desrosier."

Augustin was held at a police station overnight as a U.S. rescue crew searched for survivors of the three-story building.

Four children were rescued Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

U.N. police spokesman Andre Leclerc said the extent of the injuries to the two girls, ages 3 and 5, and two boys, a 7-year-old and a teenager, was unknown.

The death toll rose to 84 on Saturday, with 150 others injured and many more still missing, Nadia Lochard, civil protection coordinator for the western region that includes Petionville, said.

Using digital cameras on long poles to look under the rubble, U.S. rescuers found six or seven bodies, but think that two of them were already included in the death toll, said Evan Lewis, a member of the team from Fairfax County, Virginia.

The school generally held about 500 students, and had been holding a party the day of the collapse, exempting students from wearing uniforms and complicating efforts to identify their bodies, Lochard said.

Hundreds of Haitians watched Saturday night as rescuers searched through the debris, many waiting for news on their missing students.