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Several killed, 2,000 homes destroyed in Chile wildfire

A wildfire that ripped through parts of Chilean port city Valparaiso has claimed several lives after burning through 1,729 acres of forest and residential neighbourhoods.

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Chile wildfire: at least 12 dead and 2,000 homes lost

Firefighter work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile. Credit: Reuters\Eliseo Fernandez

At least 12 people have been killed and 2,000 homes destroyed by a wild fire that devastated parts of the Chilean port city of Valparasio over the weekend.

Firefighters work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile. Credit: Reuters\Eliseo Fernandez

Pushed by strong Pacific coast winds, the fire started on Saturday and rampaged over 700 hectares (1,700 acres) of forest and hilly residential neighborhoods including La Cruz and Las Canas, authorities said.

A resident, whose home was damaged by a major fire, sits in Memory Square in the centre of the fire zone. Credit: Reuters\Lucas Ninno

The Chilean Congress, which is housed in Valparaiso, was spared by the blaze, as was the city's historic quarter with its late 19th century architecture.

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