LIMA – The death toll from last weekend’s fire at an addiction-treatment facility in the Peruvian capital climbed to 28 on Wednesday.
Mario Gavino Lozano, 31, died at Lima’s Dos de Mayo Hospital of brain damage due to inhaling toxic fumes, Dr. Luis Valle Valverde told RPP radio.
Another man injured in the blaze remains at Dos de Mayo for treatment of respiratory problems and burns over 30 percent of his body, the physician and hospital director said.
The blaze broke out Saturday at the rehab center in Lima’s most-populous neighborhood. Witnesses blamed the disaster on several patients who set fire to some rags in an attempt to escape from the facility.
Twenty-two people were pronounced dead at the scene.
Area residents said the rehab had around 60 patients at the time of the fire, even though the facility had been shut down twice for lacking a permit to operate.
The two men who ran the rehab, Raul Garcia Albornoz and Julio Matias Torres, remain in custody pending completion of an investigation. EFE