A great fire it was unleashed in a humble area of Iquique, al north of Chile, where more than 100 homes were razed by the fire on Monday and 400 people had to be evacuated. Official sources indicate that there are more than 20 injured by the incident and so far it is not known how the flames started.
The camp is called “Green lagoon” and most of the inhabitants are illegal migrants living in precarious wooden houses that unfortunately serve as combustion for the fires to spread immediately, NA reported.
“Families are being evacuated and we have made ourselves available to collaborate with those who have been affected,” said the Minister of Housing and Urbanism, Felipe Ward, through his Twitter account. The Regional Presidential Delegation from Tarapacá region reported that the fire was already controlled, but not extinguished and it is for this reason that there is still the risk of spreading.
In turn, the firefighters had difficulty putting out the flames since there was not enough water supply in the area. Hours after the start of the fire, the authorities had to declare a “yellow alert” due to the difficulty in accessing the houses and the outbreaks that rapidly spread the large fire.
“It had a very rapid spread, considering the conditions that were presented to us on stage, such as the problem of the terrain to access our emergency units and the deployment of material,” he said. Jorge Medina, fire department commander of Iquique.
In turn, the commander reported that around 6 firefighters suffered heat stress and injuries due to physical effort from having fought a fire in a place with difficult access. Some schools in the area were set up to house the affected people.