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Smoke Clears in Chile Leaving City Devastated By Fires

Image: Residents remove debris from their burned house after a fire burned several neighbourhoods in the hills in Valparaiso city.
Residents remove debris from their burned house after a fire burned several neighborhoods in the hills of Valparaiso, northwest of Santiago, on April 14. Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters

Devastated Chileans surveyed damage to their homes on Monday after massive wildfires ravaged the port city of Valparaiso over the weekend. Firefighters battled blazes for three days, which killed 13 people, consumed 2,150 acres, burned 2,000 homes, and forced 10,000 people to flee the densely populated hills.

With no municipal water or fire hydrants to use, routes to the fires blocked by narrow streets jammed with abandoned vehicles and countless embers being stoked, fire crews could do little but watch some neighborhoods burn.

Image: A resident whose home was destroyed by major fire sits amid destruction in Valparaiso
A resident whose home was destroyed by a major fire sits amid the destruction in Valparaiso. STRINGER/CHILE / Reuters