Fourteen people, including eight adults and six minors, were killed in a fire at a camp located in the town of Coronel, in the Biobio region of southern Chile, authorities said on Monday.
“Unfortunately, 14 residents of our community died,” involving three families, said Javier Valencia, the deputy mayor of Coronel.
A preliminary report said that the fire originated in a light material house built with cans and pallets in a camp.
According to the official report, the fire quickly burned the affected house and spread to an adjacent one.
The deputy mayor said that the number of people living in camps has increased recently.