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Fire devastates the Chilean seaside resort of Vina del Mar

origin 1Fire ravages Chilean seaside resort ©AFP

A fire has broken out in the Chilean seaside resort of Vina del Mar. About 400 homes were damaged or destroyed and at least two people died.

According to the National Emergency Office, the flames were fanned by strong winds and have already burned around 110 hectares. Several neighborhoods and an informal settlement have been ordered to evacuate.

President Gabriel Boric’s administration has declared a state of emergency in light of the ferocity of the fire.

Four hundred firefighters and 150 forest rangers were sent to fight the blaze, along with several units from the Santiago metropolitan region.