A fire that occurred at a movie theater in a popular seaside mall in Lima, Perú, on Wednesday appears to have been caused by a short circuit. The theater’s walls, which were reportedly made of highly flammable materials, enabled the fire to spread rapidly. At least four people died in the incident.
Coincidentally, this tragic fire happened while Maria Figueroa, an NFPA instructor, was conducting a training on NFPA 1, Fire Code and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® for authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) in Lima this week, reinforcing NFPA´s collaborative fire safety efforts with authorities in Perú.
Many Latin American countries adopt or reference NFPA codes and standards – this serves as the first step toward stronger fire safety levels. However, this week’s theatre fire in Lima reflects the critical importance of jurisdictions enforcing codes and standards to truly reduce the risk and impact of fire on Latin American communities.
Many of NFPA’s codes and standards are available in Spanish and we also offer training throughout the region. Antonio Macías, based in México city, is NFPA’s director for Latin American programs and will be following up with authorities and our members in Lima.