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Thousands evacuated, 12 dead in Chile blaze

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More than 8,000 people have been evacuated as an army of firefighters battle a killer blaze that tore through parts of Chile's historic port of Valparaiso and left at least 12 people dead. 

Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze, in Valparaiso, Chile, on April 13, 2014

The fire, which started in woodland Saturday, gutted 500 homes as flames advanced on the city of 270,000, famed for its UNESCO-listed center with cobblestone streets and brightly painted wooden homes.

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