A raging wildfire burned 100 homes in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, forcing the evacuation of some 400 people. At least 19 residents were harmed, mostly by smoke inhalation, after the blaze broke out on the city’s outskirts, fanned by high winds.

Valparaiso residents put on masks in an attempt to protect themselves from plumes of black smoke, AP reported. The authorities have issued a maximum red alert. “It was hopeless. The smoke was suffocating. It stung my eyes. So, we had to evacuate,” Pablo Luna Flores, a local resident who lost his home, told AFP. READ MORE