For the first time in Tacna's recent history we had a large building fire. In one of the main mini-malls, 28 de Julio, there was a fire that burned three quarters of the place. Many people lost thousands of dollars in merchandise.
The stores are a block away from the downtown church, Local Central. It is going to make a big impact on the local economy because over a thousand people are dependant on the sales there. We have a young woman in the youth group in Local Central that her family owned two stores there and one completely burned down and in the other they were able to retrieve half of their merchandise.
One of the main problems is that Tacna is a desert region and there just wasn't enough water. Another was the very poor quality of the building. It was a sad day for many people.