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15 Devastating Images Of Chile Forest Fire In Valparaiso (PICTURES)

15/04/2014 13:57 BST | Updated 15/04/2014 17:59 BST

These images show the devastation wrought by a forest fire has killed at least 12 people and prompted the evacuation of more than 10,000 people from a city in Chile.

The BBC reported that around 1,200 firefighters were battling the blaze which has destroyed hundreds of homes in the port city of Valparaiso since Saturday.

Some 1,200 firefighters are battling the large blaze, which has destroyed hundreds of homes since Saturday.

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has declared the city, which is 70 miles west of the capital Santiago, a disaster zone.

The Valparaiso fire is being battled with the help of 11 helicopters, six planes and 2,000 police and military troops.