Authorities say they are still investigating the cause of the fire, which destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in the US state.
Two people remain missing after a huge fire has destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in the U.S. state of Colorado, where authorities are continuing to investigate the source of the fire and returning troubled survivors to inspect the damage.
The fire broke out Thursday on the northern outskirts of Denver and spread quickly using strong winds. Entire neighborhoods in the towns of Superior and Louisville, Colorado.
Rex Hickman, who evacuated the area with his wife and son, said he was sad to discover there was nothing left of their 23-year-old home.
“There is a numbness that hits you first. You know, kind of like you go into crisis mode. “You think about what you can do, what you can not do,” he told The Associated Press. “The real pain will subside over time.”
Hickman said he and his family need to get a rental home and clothes in the short term; their insurance company told them on Sunday it would take at least two years to rebuild the house.
Louisville resident Paul Bassis, whose home was spared by the fire, called the damage to the town “heartbreaking.”
“People lost all their possessions, their memories that were in those houses, families raised there,” he told Al Jazeera.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle declined to comment on whether the fire was arson, but said authorities had conducted a search warrant at “one specific location” and were seeking tips on the cause. from the fire.
“It’s complicated and it’s all covered with a foot of snow,” Pelle said on Sunday about the scene where the fire started. “The outcome of that investigation is essential – there is so much at stake. We are going to be professional. We are going to be careful. “
Pelle says two people who lived in homes consumed by the fire are still missing. A third person whoever was not accountable was found unharmed.
President Joe Biden of the United States on Saturday announced a major disaster statement for Colorado, making federal funding available to affected individuals and communities.
“Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. (FEMA) said in a statement.
The White House said on Friday that Biden had made a phone call to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, promising that “every effort will be made to provide immediate assistance to people in the communities concerned.”
Police visited some of the damaged neighborhoods on Sunday.
“I know it is a difficult time in your life if you have lost everything or if you do not even know what you have lost,” Polis said after the tour. “A few days ago you celebrated Christmas at home and hung up your socks and now house and hearth have been destroyed.”