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Fire burns through a slum neighborhood in Equatorial Guinea

Photos by Rebecca Blackwell / AP

Local residents throw buckets of water on a burning house as a fire destroyed dozens of homes, in the New Building slum neighborhood.

Residents carry rescued furniture out of the New Building slum neighborhood as others stand on a wall and watch fire burn through dozens of homes in central Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Jan. 23, 2012.

Residents fought the fire with buckets of waste water while firefighters struggled to get enough water pressure. Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are currently co-hosting the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.