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Chile: Quilpue fires cause huge damage as 25,000 locals evacuated02:04

Chile: Quilpue fires cause huge damage as 25,000 locals evacuated

Chile, Quilpue
January 17, 2021 at 05:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police, firefighters, army helicopters and emergency services were deployed in Quilpue on Saturday as authorities still attempt to contain the flames from forest fires that have been raging through the region.

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of 25,000 people in Valparaiso and Quilpue on Friday.

On Saturday the Mayor of Valparaiso confirmed that the fires in Quilpue were still not under control and thus they could not authorise the return of evacuees.

"Most of the people left leaving their things, for example, one neighbour has 11 puppies and had to leave and could not take 11 dogs. For them it was terrible, their house burned down, they lost their animals and there's still one unaccounted for that they need to rescue. It is something that you really have to have experienced to be able to understand," stated local resident forced to evacuate Valeria Pantoja.

Footage filmed in Quilpue on Saturday shows scores of burned out vehicles and many damaged buildings. Authorities believe the fire was intentional.

Chile: Quilpue fires cause huge damage as 25,000 locals evacuated02:04
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Police, firefighters, army helicopters and emergency services were deployed in Quilpue on Saturday as authorities still attempt to contain the flames from forest fires that have been raging through the region.

Authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of 25,000 people in Valparaiso and Quilpue on Friday.

On Saturday the Mayor of Valparaiso confirmed that the fires in Quilpue were still not under control and thus they could not authorise the return of evacuees.

"Most of the people left leaving their things, for example, one neighbour has 11 puppies and had to leave and could not take 11 dogs. For them it was terrible, their house burned down, they lost their animals and there's still one unaccounted for that they need to rescue. It is something that you really have to have experienced to be able to understand," stated local resident forced to evacuate Valeria Pantoja.

Footage filmed in Quilpue on Saturday shows scores of burned out vehicles and many damaged buildings. Authorities believe the fire was intentional.

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