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Huge Fire Burns in Chile's Historic Port City

Chilean officials say a huge fire has killed at least 11 people and destroyed 500 homes in the port city of Valparaiso.

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
The fire began Saturday in a forested area above ramshackle housing on one of the city's many hilltops,

Firefighters are struggling to bring the blaze under control, as Pacific coast winds fan the flames.

Chile's president, Michele Bachelet, has declared a state of emergency, placing armed forces on the city's streets to maintain order and prevent looting. Authorities have set up shelters.

Valparaiso is 120 kilometers northwest of Chile's capital, Santiago.

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