The ancient church of San Sebastian in Cuzco has been largely destroyed by a fire possibly caused by an electrical short circuit. Paul Chapman reports.
Fire destoys historic Peru church
Fire rips through the ancient church of San Sebastian in the Peruvian city of Cuzco.
Firefighters spent five hours trying to bring the blaze under control, their efforts hampered by lack of water.
Local people helped by bringing buckets.
No injuries have been reported but it’s feared 80 per cent of the historic building and its contents have been destroyed.
Cultural relics including sculptures of saints, paintings and the baroque-style altar are among the casualties.
The church was founded in 1560 and underwent its last restoration in 2012.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the fire may have been caused by an electrical short circuit.