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Published on Nov 6, 2012
Casona El Buque, an original mansion from 1753, collapses suddenly in Lima after a fire caused structural damage to the UNESCO heritage site.
An historic colonial building housing up to 17 families collapsed in Lima after it sustained structural damage from an overnight fire. The mansion, known as the Casona El Buque, was built in 1753 and was designated a national monument in 1988 and later a UNESCO heritage site in 1991. Years of neglect left the colonial home in a state of decay as squatters began moving into the three-story structure. Firefighters were quickly called in to control the flames, but some reports indicated the weight and damage from the water might have added to the peril of the already precarious structure.
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