At Least 3 Dead in Fire at Popular Mall in Peru


At least three people died in a fire at a popular seaside mall in Lima on Wednesday, fire officials said, ahead of a global summit bringing together presidents from the United States, Russia, China and other countries this week.

The cause was still unknown and firefighters were trying to rescue people from the Larcomar commercial center, Miguel Eduardo Yi, a fire department chief in Lima, said.

The British embassy in Lima, less than a block from the mall, was closed, officials said.

Images on local television showed smoke billowing from Larcomar, the mall in the upscale district of Miraflores that is popular with tourists.

Peru is hosting the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this week, and world leaders are expected to arrive in the coming days.

U.S. President Barack Obama was scheduled to stay at a hotel in front of the mall, local media reported. The White House declined to comment.

SOURCE: Reuters