February 4, 2023

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Chile has declared a state of disaster after a fire in Viña del Mar killed at least two people and damaged more than 400 homes.

Fire in Viña del Mar, Chile

Chile’s Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel MonsalveIn this Friday statement, the State President, Gabriel Boricinstructed to order Disaster situation For massive fires Vina del Mar122 kilometers north-west of the capital, has been affected so far More than 400 houses. home Minister, Carolina DohaConfident Two died.

“The decree is being prepared, which indicates that the head of national security is going to be appointed with the power to control the constitutional rights, ultimately the power to assemble and transfer, but also the control, the power to take all the requests. The necessary supplies to face the emergency”, explained the authority from the Valparaiso region.

Fire in Viña del Mar, Chile

“There was a very quick response to the start of this fire, but despite this, due to the location, weather, wind and presence of combustible materials, Spreads very aggressively and quickly“, he added.

Chilean government declares state of calamity (Pamberos de Chile)
Over 400 houses damaged (Pamberos de Chile)
Over 400 houses damaged (Pamberos de Chile)

“We have information that it has been found A charred body; We want full and complete confirmation (…) and have information to confirm from a Second bodyAdded Monsalve. Later, 2 people were confirmed dead.

Firefighters from the center of the country moved in to help contain the blaze (EFE)
Firefighters from the center of the country moved in to help contain the blaze (EFE)
A fire very close to a building in Viña del Mar (JAVIER TORRES / AFP).
A fire very close to a building in Viña del Mar (JAVIER TORRES / AFP).

“We will not leave them alone (…) The safety of the people is our priority and we will continue to deploy all necessary resources,” the president posted on his social networks, Gabriel Boric.

So far, the Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (Onemi) has ordered Evacuate danger areas in the Viña del Mar mountainsA town with some camps Informal housing Largest in affected area in the country.

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According to the National Institute of Forestry (Conaf) estimates, At least 110 hectares were destroyed in the fire.

Firefighters worked all morning.
Firefighters worked all morning.
Two firefighters put out the fire (JAVIER TORRES / AFP)
Two firefighters put out the fire (JAVIER TORRES / AFP)
One of the houses affected by the fire
One of the houses affected by the fire
The fire also affected informal housing camps made of light and highly flammable materials (JAVIER TORRES / AFP)
The fire also affected informal housing camps made of light and highly flammable materials (JAVIER TORRES / AFP)

The fire department informed about this There are 800 men and women Due to the weather and geographical conditions, the task of controlling the fire at night is difficult. 100 deployed units will continue to operate for the next few hours.

Monsalve indicated that two charred bodies were found, which is still being investigated (Javier Torres/AFP)
Monsalve indicated that two charred bodies were found, which is still being investigated (Javier Torres/AFP)

Director, National Academy of Forestry (CONAF). Lewis CorreaReport from the Valparaiso area Controlling a fire takes timeEven for a couple of days.

A man pours water on the remains of a burnt house during a forest fire in Viña del Mar (REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido)
A man pours water on the remains of a burnt house during a forest fire in Viña del Mar (REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido)
Authorities ordered the evacuation of many parts of the city.
Authorities ordered the evacuation of many parts of the city.
Firefighters said there were already 800 men and women on the scene fighting the blaze (REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido)
Firefighters said there were already 800 men and women on the scene fighting the blaze (REUTERS / Rodrigo Garrido)

It is said that it all started in a Irregular solutionOn top of houses made of light materials that catch fire quickly, and on hills where combustible debris is often present.

Firefighters work to put out the fire (EFE/Adriana Thomas)
Firefighters work to put out the fire (EFE/Adriana Thomas)
Luis Correa of ​​Valparaiso, director of the National Forestry Agency (CONAF), said it will take a day or two to control the fire (JAVIER TORRES/AFP)
Luis Correa of ​​Valparaiso, director of the National Forestry Agency (CONAF), said it will take a day or two to control the fire (JAVIER TORRES/AFP)

From there it quickly spread to other parts of the tourist town, this time receiving vacationers from the capital Santiago and other parts of the country.

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(With information from EFE and AP)

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