Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

PHOTOS: Marshall fire devastates Boulder County communities, destroys homes

The Marshall fire that tore through parts of Superior and Louisville may have destroyed as many as 1,000 homes as it decimated entire neighborhoods, Gov. Jared Polis and Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said Friday.

But, in a development officials pointed to as miraculous, there have been no reported deaths connected to the 6,000-acre fire.

Officials on Thursday evening had estimated that at least 500 homes in Superior were burned by the wind-driven wildfire, but both Polis and Pelle acknowledged in a news conference on Friday morning that that number likely will rise significantly, with numerous losses also reported in Louisville.

“I would estimate it’s going to be at least 500,” Pelle said. “I would not be surprised if it’s 1,000.”

Officials said there were 1,778 homes within the burn area with a total value of $825 million — but not all of them were destroyed or even damaged, and it may be another day or so before a final tally is complete.

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