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26 killed in fire at rehabilitation center in Peru

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Relatives of patients of the "Christ is Love" rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts react after a fire in San Juan de Lurigancho district, in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 28. A fire swept through a drug rehabilitation center in a densely populated area of Lima Saturday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 12 others who were trapped inside.

AP reports:

"This rehabilitation center wasn't authorized. It was a house that they had taken over ... for patients with addictions and they had the habit of leaving people locked up with no medical supervision," Tejada, the health minister, said.

Authorities said they did not know how many people were inside the center at the time of the fire. They said they were looking for the center's owners and staff, some of whom apparently fled the scene.

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The bodies of people who were killed in a fire lie on the ground as firefighters try to revive others after removing them from the Christ is Love center for drug and alcohol addicts in Lima, Peru, Jan. 28.