Six Dead and Eight Injured in Chilean Fire

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 31, 2021 Updated: July 31, 2021

Six people were killed and eight injured after a fire broke out at a shelter for patients discharged from a psychiatric hospital in Chile, officials said on Friday.

The fire started late on Thursday in San Felipe, 90 kilometers (56 miles) northwest of capital Santiago, and also damaged four nearby homes, the Interior Ministry’s emergency office, ONEMI said.

Experts from the Forensic Medical Service were working to identify the deceased due to the conditions in which the bodies were found, officials said.

San Felipe fire commander Juan Carlos Herrera told reporters that the fire was already spreading inside the home when his team arrived at the scene.

Possible causes of the fire included an overheated gas cooker or electrical system, according to officials.

The fire completely destroyed the government-run shelter.

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