Wildfire claims lives in Colorado Springs
TECHNO FILE: Are user interfaces all up in the air? An aerial view of a destroyed house in the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire in Black Forest, Colorado, on Thursday. COLORADO SPRINGS — Two people have been killed by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, as crews fought to keep the fierce, wind-whipped blaze from roaring into the outskirts of Colorado Springs.
The two victims, who were not immediately identified, were found in the open garage of their home in a heavily wooded area, apparently overtaken by flames as they tried to evacuate, Mr Maketa said. He said a person who spoke to the victims by phone said the pair had reported seeing the glow of flames in the distance as they packed to leave.
Forty minutes later, he said, a second witness spoke to them by phone. "The person they were speaking with said he could hear popping and cracking in the background and they (the two people) advised they were leaving right now," Mr Maketa said.
"We were truly hoping that we could get from day to day without coming across news like this," he said. With the fire still burning out of control and driven by erratic 48km/h winds that showed no sign of diminishing, officials on Thursday ordered mandatory evacuations of about 1,000 homes in the northern tip of Colorado Springs that were considered to be in imminent danger.
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