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Fires Sweeps Through Shantytown on Outskirts of São Paulo

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths
By The News · 13 of September 2016 16:21:05
Police spray water in São Paulo, Brazil, No available, photo: Reuters/Fernando Donasci

A fire swept through a slum on the outskirts of Brazil’s biggest city Tuesday, and authorities said hundreds of people had to flee as flames consumed wooden homes.

Fire department officials said the fire destroyed most of the shantytown in Osasco, a suburb on the edge of São Paulo. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

Images aired by the Globo TV showed large black clouds of smoke hovering over the slum.

The newspaper Correio Paulista in Osasco said the shantytown is home to about 1,000 people living in 120 shacks.