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Brazil : a major fire in the poor district destroyed 600 houses

In the case of a large fire in a poor neighborhood in the Northern Brazilian city of Manaus, some 600 houses are up in flames. According to information from the health authorities, at least 17 people were at the fire on Tuesday night hurt. A government representative of the Federal state of Amazonas, spoke of "perhaps the largest urban fire in the history of Manaus".

some 100 firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire in the poor district of Educandos. The authorities suspect that the fire broke out during cooking.

residents of the poor district and look at the destroyed houses.Photo: AFP/Michael Dantas

The flames spread in the densely populated poor district, where many houses are made of wood, very rapidly. Because of the narrow streets the fire Department had great difficulties to reach the affected homes.

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The poor district of Educandos is located close to the city center of Manaus, on the banks of the river Rio Negro, which flows into the Region in the Amazon. Manaus is the capital of the Federal state of Amazonas. (AFP)

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