27 patients at The Christ is Love center for addicts in Lima, Peru were killed due to a massive fire on Saturday.
The Christ is Love center uses biblical teaching to help addicts become better citizens BBC News reports. Unfortunately many of those addicts will not be able to apply their lessons to a normal life due to either death or injury from the fire.
The Associated Press says that the center was "unlicensed and overcrowded." Firefighters said the doors were locked during the fire and confined the patients inside. Some people leapt from windows to escape the burning building as flames continued to grow.
Ironically, the people addressing their drug addiction in hopes of a better life were trapped "like prisoners," while the fire blazed said Health Minister Alberto Tejada to the Associated Press. Tejada also said that the building was ordered to close two different times.
BBC news reports that Tejada told the Associated Press that, "It was a house they had taken over for patients with addictions and they had the habit of leaving people locked up with no medical supervision."
The fire began early Saturday morning while the residents were eating breakfast. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but BBC News claims that some reporters believe the fire began by two patients lighting their mattress on fire as a way to escape the center.