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Fire at Peru rehab center leaves 14 dead
By Manuel Vigo
May 5, 2012
A fire at a drug rehabilitation center has claimed the lives of at least 14 people.
According to El Comercio, fire occurred at ‘Sagrado Corazon de Jesus’, in Chosica, in the early hours of the morning.
A firefighter at the scene told local news that the greatest number of deaths occurred on the second floor, where interns were trapped.
"We had to break in, removing a fence," the firefighter said.
"The doors were locked and the windows were closed with bars that could not be opened. We had to use tools to open them. They could not escape.”
The rehabilitation center did not have an operating license, according to local mayor Luis Bueno.
The fire in Chosica echoed a fire at a rehabilitation center in San Juan de Lurigancho, which left 29 people dead last January.
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Total coments: 5
Commented By: scott
On: May 5, 2012. 12:20 pm
This country stupidly locks itself into all kinds of structures. To leave any home one needs a key first to leave. Its like planning your own suicide. When the big earthquake hits you wont have to go try and find the fastest way out, you will have to go and try to find that darn key.
Commented By: Dennis
On: May 5, 2012. 1:14 pm
It is my educated guess that the owners did not have insurance. How can these places operate with no license, no insurance, no safety inspections, no trained professional employees nothing? I cannot understand it. The only way I can imagine is that someone looked the other way for a contribution if you know what I mean.
Commented By: Dennis
On: May 5, 2012. 1:19 pm
The article states that the local mayor Luis Bueno said the center was operating without a license. Did he know it before the fire?
Commented By: Viracocha
On: May 5, 2012. 7:10 pm
This sad incident even made the news in Australia.Unfortunately the need for security bars in most buildings in Peru,public and private,creates a death trap if on the second floor with a fire on the ground floor.I cannot imagine a solution to this issue about barred windows. We pray for their souls. V
Commented By: Hipolito
On: May 7, 2012. 6:01 pm
They had a license and it is now a suspected arson, possibly by a new and unstable inmate. The comments should take into account that at least some people care about rehab. Most employees are volunteers and those who are paid don't make a living wage. Many are recovering addicts themselves. Training? It’s a 12 step program. Does anyone at AA need training? Similar rehab clinics have saved the lives of many a poor soul, and the families appreciate that something is better than nothing . What should Peru do with addicts? Leave them to die on the streets? This is why it's called a develop-ING nation. Perhaps some negative commenters could volunteer instead of offering useless chin music.
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