29 Jan 2012

Peru drug rehab centre fire kills 26

4:21 pm on 29 January 2012

A fire at a drug rehabilitation centre in the Peruvian capital Lima has killed at least 26 people.

Another 10 people were injured at the Christ Is Love centre, which used biblical teachings to treat addicts.

Firefighters say the doors were locked, trapping patients inside.

The BBC reports some leapt from windows to escape as flames swept through the building.

Peru's Health Minister says the rehab centre was not licensed and had twice been ordered to close.

All the victims were men and most died of smoke inhalation.