Flames tore through a slum in the town of Iquique in northern Chile.

Almost 300 people are thought to have been affected by the blaze, local media said, but there were no reports of dead or injured.

“Here we must not talk about houses made up of a property. In a few meters there may be 5, 10 or 15 families,” Moscovicias Mayor Mauricio Soria said Monday. We cannot speak of homes in houses set on a plot.

More than 100 wooden homes were destroyed, making the residents, many of whom are illegal migrants, homeless.

Black smoke rose from the slum Laguna Verde placed on the slopes of a hill.

Television images showed residents approaching the fire dangerously, apparently in a bid to save their belongings from the blaze.

Alvaro Hormazábal, the head of the national emergency agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the region of Tarapacá, said the fire had erupted after noon on Monday, but warned there was no water to fight the fire.


Iquique is a port city and commune in northern Chile, capital of both the Iquique Province and Tarapacá Region. It lies on the Pacific coast, west of the Pampa del Tamarugal, (wikipedia)

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