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4 dead in Chile forest fire; 500 homes destroyed
4 dead in Chile forest fire; 500 homes destroyed

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A large forest fire raging near the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least four people and destroyed 500 homes, officials said Sunday. Thousands of people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison. Firefighters were having difficulty combating the blaze because of the topography of the city, which is surrounded by dozens of steep hills where most people live. "This is the worst disaster I have seen," regional governor Ricardo Bravo said. "Now we fear that the fire will spread to the center of the city, which would increase the severity of the emergency." Related: Magnitude 7.8 quake strikes Chile President Michelle...

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