Apparently, the fire was produced by workers from Pomalca while they were burning sugar cane.
Unfortunately, the damage seems to be unrecoverable. It is an extremely sad event probably triggered by negligence. It is worth mentioning that Huacas are considered very important monuments with many years of history and that their protection measures have changed since 2016.
Regarding the fire in Lambayeque – Chiclayo, apparently, it was started by a group of workers from the company Pomalca. The fire expanded in just a few minutes because of the wind and reached the plastic laminate that served as a roof for the Huacas almost instantly.
It was reported that people from the neighborhood tried to stop the fire but they were not able to do much since the wind ignited a big part of the touristic complex. Experts say that the problem could have been avoided if the complex received proper maintenance but an accumulation of dry leaves, inflammable improvised roofs and other elements caused by the state of abandonment favored the fire to extend so quickly throughout the entire Huaca.
The Ministry of Culture will be evaluating the damages and looking for restoration alternatives. Meanwhile, the Public Ministry will carry out investigations to identify people responsible for this event.