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991 homes destroyed and 3 people missing by Marshall Fire in Colorado

3 people remain missing and are now feared dead after fires ripped through entire neighborhoods outside of Boulder, Colorado Thu...



3 people remain missing and are now feared dead after fires ripped through entire neighborhoods outside of Boulder, Colorado Thursday, destroying nearly a thousand homes. "Yesterday we were at three, today we have accounted for one of those gentlemen," said Boulder County Sheriff, Joe Pelle in a press conference Sunday. "So we are currently at two missing persons, and we are in the process today of trying to locate and, if possible recover those folks." 



According to Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, the towns of Superior and Louisville took the brunt of the damage, with 553 homes destroyed and another 45 damaged in Louisville.  Crews counted 332 homes destroyed in Superior, with another 60 damaged.

Another 106 homes were burned in the county areas west of Superior, with 22 more suffering damage, Pelle said.



The fires erupted Thursday afternoon as winds gusting as high as 75-90 mph roared through the Boulder area, with gusts exceeding 100 mph closer to the mountain foothills. Flames quickly overwhelmed communities and businesses and prompted more than 30,000 to evacuate.

"This was a disaster in fast motion all over the course of half a day," Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said during a news conference Friday. "Many families having minutes, minutes to get whatever they could, their pets, their kids into the car and leave. The last 24 hours have been devastating. It's really unimaginable."

Over 6,000 acres burned in the fires, all within just 24 hours, officials said.


With information from foxnews.com

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