14 killed in a fire in Peru drug rehab clinic

14 killed in a fire in Peru drug rehab clinic

Lima : Peru | May 06, 2012 at 6:59 PM PDT
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A fire in the drug rehab clinic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus centre in Chosica in eastern Lima left 14 dead as reported in BBC of 5th of May 2012.

The fire broke out early in the morning in the Peruvian capital and the inmates were trapped inside and burnt to death because the doors had been kept locked and barred from outside to ensure that those undergoing rehab did not escape.

Firefighters had to use tools to break into the double storied building.

Earlier in January in a similar fire in Lima, 29 persons had lost their lives – that was in the ‘Christ in Love’ clinic - a drug and alcohol clinic which had also been locked.

Such clinics, usually run by churches, keep the inmates in prison-like conditions to prevent them from escaping. On a rough estimate, there are more than 100,000 such persons who need treatment and there is a shortage of official rehab centers – hence, unlicensed ones come into existence.

But – they need to install suitable devices to prevent fires from taking lives of the patients – they could have fire alarms.

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