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Death toll in Guatemala children's shelter fire rises to 40

  • A man holds up a Guatemalan national flag stained with fake blood during a protest demanding justice for the girls who perished in the youth shelter fire, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents of the youth shelter. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    A man holds up a Guatemalan national flag stained with fake blood during a protest demanding justice for the girls who perished in the youth shelter fire, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents of the youth shelter. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather during a protest demanding justice for the girls who perished in the youth shelter fire, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents of the youth shelter. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    People gather during a protest demanding justice for the girls who perished in the youth shelter fire, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents of the youth shelter. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "In Guatemala there is no president," during a protest demanding justice for the girls who perished in the youth shelter fire, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents of the youth shelter. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A man holds a sign with a message that reads in Spanish: "In Guatemala there is no president," during a protest demanding justice for the girls who perished in the youth shelter fire, in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City, Saturday, March 11, 2017. A key Guatemalan official was ordered not to leave the country Saturday as the death toll rose to 39 girls in a fire that began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents of the youth shelter. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

The death toll in a fire at a Guatemalan children's shelter has risen to 40 with the death of another girl due to burns.

The death was announced Sunday by the Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala's capital.

The fire began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents at the overcrowded youth shelter.

Authorities are still searching for answers in the disaster that has put a spotlight on failings in Guatemala's child protective services. Prosecutors spokeswoman Julia Barrera says the head of the country's protective services agency has been ordered not to leave Guatemala.

Nineteen of the adolescents perished at the scene of Wednesday's inferno and another 21 have died in local hospitals.