Informal workshop fire destroys six homes in Lima

Photo credit: El Comercio / Dante Piaggio

A massive fire at an informal workshop in La Victoria destroyed six homes and a transport company’s warehouse on Monday.

Authorities believe a welding accident in the informal shoe factory started the fire which ultimately left six families homeless. Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away as over 150 firefighters battled the blaze for over two hours before bringing it under control.

Firefighters rescued neighbors who were stranded in their homes from second- and third-floor windows.

The building was located just six blocks west of Peru’s Palace of Justice on the border of La Victoria and downtown Lima.

Officials from the La Victoria municipal government told El Comercio that the workshop had reopened illegally after two closures.


Incendio en La Victoria se inició en almacén clandestino (El Comercio)

Incendio en La Victoria: así rescatan a personas afectadas (El Comercio)

La Victoria: Bomberos logran controlar incendio tras dos horas de trabajo (Radio Nacional)

  • I have a good expat friend that lives in La Victoria. Upon my first visit, I was amazed by how many informal businesses there were & was concerned about safety issues. I strongly support small business ventures, but they must adhere to all safety codes. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but what about the – next time?

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