Fire at drug re­hab in Ecuador claims 17

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

At least 17 peo­ple died and 12 oth­ers were in­jured in a fire last Fri­day at a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clinic in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, author­i­ties said.

The fire started when pa­tients set mat­tresses ablaze to try to es­cape from the clinic, which lacked the nec­es­sary per­mits, ac­cord­ing to Ta­nia Varela, chief of po­lice in the poor area of the city where the in­ci­dent took place.

Makeshift treat­ment cen­tres are com­mon in Ecuador.

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