Fire at Peru Rehab Center Kills at Least 14

May 7, 2012

A fire has swept through a rehabilitation center for addicts near the Peruvian capital of Lima and officials say at least 14 people are dead.

Local health director Pablo Cespedes says officials are not sure what set off Saturday’s pre-dawn blaze at the Sacred Heart of Jesus clinic in Chosica, about 19 miles (32 kilometers) east of Lima.

But he says they have found 14 bodies.

Fire chief Fernando Campos says rescue efforts were complicated by locked doors and barred windows.

A January fire at another Peruvian rehab clinic for drug addicts killed 29 people.

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