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Huge fire leaves 400 homeless in Chile

Telegraph, 11 Jan 2022
A fire in a poor neighbourhood in the northern Chilean city of Iquique destroyed at least 100 homes and left 400 people homeless.

Firefighters faced severe difficulties in supplying their trucks with water.

The National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry of Tarapacá said firefighters initially struggled to tackle the blaze as the neighbourhood's water supplies had been cut off.

They eventually managed to operate their hoses using private water trucks that arrived as the flames spread.

The neighbourhood's narrow passages prevented fire trucks from entering, so the firefighters made their way in by foot.

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