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Christchurch fire forces 1,000 people to flee their homesUpdated15 Feb 11:26pm

Christchurch fire forces 1,000 people to flee their homes

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Blaze destroys 11 houses, sparking local state of emergency in New Zealand’s second largest city Firefighters in New Zealand’s second-largest city have halted a wildfire after it burned down 11 houses in the outer suburbs and forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate. John Mackie, the civil defence controller for Christchurch, said about 130 firefighters on the ground assisted by more than a dozen helicopters had stopped the fire from encroaching further into the city.
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