Peru gold mine fire kills 27

A fire in a gold mine in southern Peru has killed 27 people.

Local authorities said on Sunday that a short-circuit sparked the blaze about 100 meters into the mine on Saturday in Yanaquihua, in the southern region of Arequipa.

The authorities said two people were rescued but 27 have been confirmed dead. The miners were apparently trapped and engulfed in smoke.

Images on local media showed plumes of smoke pouring out of the mine. Families of the workers were seen gathering near the entrance seeking information on their loved ones.

Peru is one of the leading producers of mineral resources and the second-largest copper producer in the world. But safety concerns have plagued the industry. Last year, 38 people were killed in mining accidents in the country.