Thousands of homes destroyed by wildfires in Colorado, USA, residents return home in severe cold
2022-01-02 11:43:53Source: China News Network
China News Service, January 2nd. According to a comprehensive US media report, a forest fire in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, has destroyed thousands of houses and three people are missing. After the catastrophic wildfires, the state ushered in another snowfall, and the affected residents will face a series of new difficulties when they return home in the snow and severe cold.
Jennifer Churchill, a spokesperson for the affected Boulder County, previously confirmed that two people were missing in the fire that burned recently. The latest news shows that the number of missing has risen to three.
The news came when the overnight snowfall in Colorado and the severe cold weather on the 1st aggravated the suffering of hundreds of residents, who tried to rescue the remnants of their houses at the beginning of the new year.
On December 30, 2021, a wildfire broke out in the suburbs between Denver and Boulder. At least 6 inches of snow and single-digit temperatures made a terrible sight in the ruins of still burning houses. Despite the shocking changes in the weather, the empty streets still smelled of smoke, and the streets were blocked by National Guard vehicles.
The fire broke out in Louisville and Superior City and surrounding areas, and at least seven people were injured. These two neighboring towns are located about 20 miles northwest of Denver and have a population of 34,000. About 1,000 buildings were destroyed.
With almost no warning, families forced to flee the fire began to return to their communities and found a mess. In some neighborhoods, houses were burned to smoking ruins, and there were houses that were barely affected by the fire next to them.
For the thousands of residents whose houses survived the fire, volunteers from the Red Cross shelter distributed electric heaters, while utility personnel are working to restore natural gas and electricity supplies.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The emergency department said that officials from the public utility department did not find the collapsed electrical wires where the fire broke out.
US President Biden has declared that the region has entered a state of major disaster and has ordered federal assistance to the affected people.