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Forest fire kills two people, destroys 500 homes


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Forest fire kills two people, destroys 500 homes

A forest fire has claimed the lives of at least four people in Valparaiso, about 120 km northwest of Santiago, Chile.

More than 500 houses were destroyed by the blaze.

Firefighters from neighbouring districts struggled with the local fire department to stop the flames from spreading.

Thousands of people were evacuated including more than 200 female inmates at a prison as authorities battled the blaze.

Ambulance crews treated residents for smoke inhalation as the fire engulfed block after block.

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