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13 Die in Collapse of College Prep School

April 21, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A college prep school collapsed in southern Peru, killing at least 13 people and injuring as many as 30, officials said.

Firefighters continued to search the rubble of the three-story building for more victims of Friday's collapse in Puno, about 525 miles southeast of Lima, the capital.

Students were holding a meeting on the middle floor of the 60-year-old building when the ground floor--made of adobe--crumbled, said Rolando Benavente, the Puno fire chief.

Local officials told reporters that the building was not authorized to operate as a school.

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