17 dead in re­hab fire

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

At least 17 peo­ple have died and 12 oth­ers have been in­jured in a blaze at a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion clinic in Ecuador, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

Of­fi­cials said the fire took hold after pa­tients set mat­tresses on fire in an at­tempt to es­cape the fa­cil­ity in Guayaquil, the coun­try’s big­gest city.

Po­lice chief Ta­nia Varela said the cen­tre lacked the nec­es­sary per­mits re­quired to op­er­ate.

Of­fi­cers want to ques­tion the own­ers and op­er­a­tors of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity.

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