A total of 27 fatalities resulted from a fire that broke out at a gold mine in Arequipa, Peru.
Authorities have reported that a fire at a gold mine in southern Peru resulted in the deaths of at least 27 individuals. According to local reports, a preliminary investigation indicates that a short circuit caused an explosion at the SERMIGOLD mine in the Yanaquihua district of Arequipa, which occurred late on Friday or early on Saturday and took place at a depth of around 330 feet. The miners were reportedly trapped inside following the explosion, with the incident’s official cause still being investigated by Peruvian authorities.
“During the investigation, the Prosecutor’s Office will determine the cause of the tragic event and the responsibilities of those involved,” the Public Ministry of Arequipa’s Fiscal District said.
The Yanaquihua mining company, which operates in the mine, said 175 workers were safely evacuated, but 27 contractors were dead.
Marcelina Aguirre, the wife of a victim, told The Associated Press that her husband said there were risks at the mine.
“We are very worried, very sad we are, to lose a husband, leaving two abandoned children,” she said.
Government officials said relatives of the victims were brought by buses to the entrance of the mine, where they waited for the bodies of their loved ones.
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