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Fire in Chilean city destroys over 100 homes on Christmas Eve

Houses burn in a forest fire at the Rocuant hill in Valparaiso, Chile, on December 24, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

A violent forest fire on Christmas Eve affects more than a hundred homes on a hill in the Chilean city of Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago.

Inhabitants fled their homes in the middle of Christmas Eve festivities, some losing all their belongings and even pets. The blaze, fed by high Southern Hemisphere summer temperatures and strong winds, started in a forested area and spread to the city, firefighters said.

Valparaiso, known for its colorful wood-frame houses, is popular among tourists in the South American country.

(Source: AFP) 

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