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Chile inferno kills 12 in Valparaiso

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Chile inferno kills 12 in Valparaiso

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More than 10,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as fire continues to rip through the Chilean city of Valparaiso.

Authorities say the blaze has claimed 12 lives.

As many as 1,200 firefighters have been battling the flames since Saturday.

Strong coastal winds have fueled the fire in the port town keeping the blaze on the move.

The army has taken control of the evacuation and President Michelle Bachelet has declared the area a disaster zone.

Temporary shelters have been set up to house those dispossessed by the inferno.