LIMA Ė Seven people died in a fire at a fish oil plant in Chimbote, a city on Peruís north coast, officials said.
The fire Wednesday at the plant in Chimboteís Florida Baja district was apparently started by improper use of welding equipment, but the cause is still under investigation by the fire department and police.
Jesus Pajares Polo, Wilson Abad Lopez, Jhonatan Acaro Espinoza, Jose Luis Torres Vega, Enrique Leon Tito, Ever Vasquez Melendez and Wilder Vasquez Tejada were killed in the fire, the official Andina news agency reported.
The workers died inside a storage tank that they started repairing without taking adequate safety measures, emergency management chief Luis Regal said.
Six other people working outside the tank managed to get out of the plant alive.
The factory lacked hook-ups for hoses, complicating the work of firefighters, who needed two hours to extinguish the blaze.
The workers were trapped in the tank when the fire started and the remains have been sent to the coronerís office for identification, Chimbote police criminal investigations chief Javier Cuba said. EFE