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Chile fire burns through a dozen homes, kills 1

Chile fire burns through a dozen homes, kills 1

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Officials say a fire in Chile's capital burned through more than a dozen homes and killed one person.

The fire began late Sunday next to ramshackle housing at Santiago's Juan Pablo II slum.

Firefighters from more than a dozen companies battled the blaze.

Officials identified the victim as 43-year-old Nancy Ortiz Zapata. She lived with her 9-year old daughter in one of the homes destroyed by the blaze.

Local radio Bio Bio reports that Ortiz died when a gas tank exploded as she tried to rescue the girl, who escaped unharmed.

The fire is under investigation and its cause has not been confirmed.


Updated : 2021-03-09 16:40 GMT+08:00