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Fire engulfs 600 stilt homes in Brazil city Manaus; thousands flee


  • World
  • Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A fire raced through a neighbourhood in the Brazilian jungle city of Manaus early on Tuesday, engulfing at least 600 wooden houses built on stilts due to seasonal floods and sending thousands fleeing from their homes.

No deaths were reported from the blaze, which authorities said may have been triggered by a pressure cooker explosion. Four people were injured, and more than 2,000 people were forced to flee, Amadeu Soares, head of the Amazonas state security ministry, told reporters at the scene.

   

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