Christ statue in Peru damaged by fire days before Pope's visit

Resham Gupta
Last Updated: Jan 14 2018 14:39

LIMA- A giant Christ statue in Peru’s capital Lima was damaged Saturday in a fire, days before Pope Francis is set to visit the South American nation.

The statue was donated by a Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in 2011 and is a replica of the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Police later found that the statue’s lighting had short-circuited due to humidity, igniting the fire.

(Image Credit: AP)