January 29th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

Peru's health minister vows crackdown in wake of deadly rehab fire

Peruvian Health Minister Alberto Tejada visited Sunday surviving victims of a fire at a rehabilitation center, promising to crack down on treatment facilities that operate "outside the law."

Twenty-seven people were killed and others were wounded when a fire broke out Saturday at the Christ is Love center in Lima.

"You can supervise someone who has formally asked for permission to operate rehabilitation centers, but you're limited in how you can supervise someone who is hiding," Tejada said.

Speaking at a hospital, the minister called for severe sanctions against those responsible for running Christ is Love, which operated "outside the law," he said. Tejada did not specify what laws the facility violated.

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  1. banasy ©

    From the full story:
    'Some 40 people were housed in a small space with only one exit that was locked with a chain, the state-run Andina news agency reported, citing Peru's fire chief, Antonio Zavala. Bypassing the heavy metal door was the biggest challenge in the rescue.'

    I would say that locking forty people, twenty-seven of those who perished, into a room with only one exit was probably against the law of humanity...

    January 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    TO BAD THEY GOT rid of asbestos.. that was good stuff,

    January 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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