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At least 4 burned alive including 2 kids after children’s shelter catches fire

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At least four people have been killed, including two kids, after a children's shelter caught on fire.

Authorities had tried to evacuate as many people as possible before making the grizzly discovery.

The blaze broke out in the city of Talca, Chile, roughly 255km (158 miles) south of the capital Santiago.

The incident started at around 10pm on Tuesday evening local time.

Firefighters are continuing to battle the blaze and are searching for more people trapped inside the building.

Horrifying footage shared on social media shows flames still billowing out from the shelter, with the roof almost completely burned away leaving the building's damaged structure in place.

Firefighters can be seen desperately coordinating relief efforts as helpless locals stand by and watch.

The director of the home has since confirmed that it is not part of the government's official children's home program.

According to local news blog Tuitero Sismico, there have also been unconfirmed reports that the shelter had been used as a home for migrants.

Talca's chief prosecutor Hector de la Fuene has arrived at the scene to assist with the incident. Talca Fire Department are also starting an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

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