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Chile: Deadly city fire destroys 2,000 homes

April 14, 2014 - 6:00am


A huge fire in Chile's port city of Valparaiso has gutted 2,000 houses and killed 12 people, Reuters reported.

Authorities said the fire, fuelled by Pacific coast winds, spread to more than 700 hectares of forest and hilly residential areas. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, has declared a state of emergency in the city, the news agency said.

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