A fire of epic proportions that devastated around Colorado Springs in the western United States, has entered the city on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of 36,000 people and causing the destruction of buildings. “It’s a firestorm of epic proportions,” summarized the fire chief of the city, Richard Brown, quoted by local daily ‘Denver Post’.
Colorado Springs, Colorado’s second city, is located a hundred miles southeast of Denver, the state capital. Throughout the day, the city was covered by a thick layer of smoke as the flames several meters high invaded some neighborhoods. The fire continued to progress during the day, destroying about 7,500 hectares of vegetation. There was no victim, but 36,000 people have been evacuated, told CNN the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper.
According to the newspaper ‘The Colorado Springs Gazette’, the fire would have destroyed between 200 and 300 houses. The authorities have refused to comment on this figure, but explained that the fire affected areas were still inaccessible and too dangerous to do damage assessment. Hickenlooper said that the cause of the fire is unknown. “We have certain indices according to which (the origin) could be criminal,” he said. The FBI still has not opened a formal investigation.Evacuees forced to leave their homes only with the position, he worried about the fate they could run their properties.