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Video: Fire ravages homes in Chile port city of Valparaiso

Daniel Retamal, AFP | A huge fire over the town of Laguna Verde, south of Valparaiso, on January 2, 2016

The coastal city of Valparaiso in central Chile is once again struggling with summer wildfires. A large blaze on Monday evening destroyed up to 100 homes.

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The fire left 19 people with minor injuries and prompted the evacuation of about 400 people. Chilean Interior Minister Mahmud Aleuy said a total of 500 homes were still at risk.

Images on social media showed huge brown-grey columns of smoke emanating from a neighbourhood high in one of the city’s hills, and out over the Pacific Ocean. Officials suspected the blaze started at a fisherman’s club.

A drought in central Chile caused a record number of forest fires in the area last year.

Click on the video player above to see the full report on the Valparaiso fire.

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