Fire kills 26 patients at rehab center in Peru

By REUTERS
January 29, 2012 02:20

 
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LIMA - Fire swept through a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts and alcoholics in Peru on Saturday, killing 26 patients who were locked in to stop them from fleeing during treatment, local media and witnesses said.

Several survivors said the blaze was started by two patients who wanted to break out of the private "Christ is Love" center in the capital Lima.

"Some inmates wanted to escape and they set fire to some cloths and started throwing them at the manager's office, and then it caught fire inside," said patient Wilmer Garcia.

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