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UNESCO mansion dramatically collapses in Peru

Up to 17 families have been left homeless after a historic building dramatically collapsed in Peru after a 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 had left the colonial home in a state of decay as squatters began moving into the three-storey structure.

Firefighters arrived quickly to control the flames, but some reports indicate that the weight and damage from the water may have added to the danger of the already precarious structure.

Amazingly nobody was killed or seriously injured in the fire and subsequent collapse and there was even time to rescue to a dog.