Three people are missing after the fires in Colorado.

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source: bbc.com

Three people are missing after the fires in Colorado.

The fire has already destroyed almost 1,000 houses and buildings. Local officials are investigating whether the cause of the fire was intentional.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the massive fire in a suburb near Denver that burned down neighborhoods and destroyed about 1,000 homes and other buildings.

Three people are missing after Hell on Thursday.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pele said Saturday that authorities were pursuing a series of Leeds and had executed a search warrant at a "special location." He declined to give details.

A sheriff's officer, who declined to be named, confirmed that a property was being investigated in the Marshall Mesa area of ​​Boulder County, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) west of Superior, of open grasslands. AreaThe official said that a National Guard Humvee blocked access to the property, which was just one of several under investigation.

Utility officials found no downed power lines around the fire site in the area between Denver and Boulder. The wildfire occurred unusually at the end of the year, following an extremely dry fall amid a nearly snowless winter; according to experts, the conditions certainly helped spread.

At least 991 homes and other buildings were destroyed, Pelle said: 553 in Louisville, 332 in Superior, and 106 in unincorporated parts of the county. Hundreds more were damaged. Pelle cautioned that the count of the windswept forest fire is not final.

Totals include destroyed barns, outbuildings, and other structures. Still, the vast majority were houses, Boulder County spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said Saturday night.

Authorities had earlier said no one was missing. But Churchill said it was due to hereditary confusion as agencies struggled to deal with an emergency.

Authorities set up body teams to search for missing persons in the Superior Area and the unrelated Boulder County, Pele said. The work is complicated by the wreckage of the destroyed structure, which is covered in 20 cm (8 inches) of snow from the storm overnight, he said.

At least seven people were injured in the wildfire that broke out in and around Louisville and Superior, neighboring cities about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Denver with a combined population of 34,000.

The fire, which burned at least 24 square kilometers (9.4 square miles), was no longer considered an immediate threat, especially with snow piles and freezing temperatures overnight on Saturday.

Snow and temperature in single digits presented a grim picture among the remains of smoking houses. Despite the shocking climate change, the smell of smoke still lingers in the empty streets closed by National Guard troops in Humvees.

Circumstances exacerbated the plight of residents who tried to save the start of the new year from their homes.

Utility staff struggled to restore electricity and gas to the surviving homes, and dozens of people lined up at Red Cross shelters to get heaters, bottled water and blankets. Xcel Energy urged other residents to use fireplaces and wood stoves to keep warm and to prevent pipes from freezing in the house.

Families lined up in cars, waiting for portable heaters and bottled water at YMCA's Salvation Army Distribution Center in Lafayette, north of Superior.

Monarch High School seniors Noah Sarsen and his twin brother Gavin volunteered for two days to direct traffic and distribute donations.

"We have a house, there is no heat, but we still have a house," Noah Sarasin said. "I just want to make sure everyone else is warm on this cold day."

Hilary and Patrick Wallace grabbed two warmers and then ordered two hot chocolate mocha at a nearby cafe. The Superior couple couldn't find a hotel and were contemplating walking 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) back home; his neighborhood was still blocked by traffic. Instead, the family slept in a room on New Year's Eve.

They both cried when a man entered the store and joked loudly that he had lost his coffee cups and everything else in the fire. However, the man was in a good mood, laughing at the irony of the situation.

"I have a heater and a house to install it. I don't even know what to say to them," Hilary said, wiping a tear away.

Superior resident Jeff Markley arrived in his truck to pick up a heater. He said he felt lucky to be "just displaced" as his home is intact.

"We manage, we stay with friends, and we are optimistic for the new year. It has to be better than the latter, "said Markley.

Not everyone felt so positive.

"It's bittersweet because we have our home, but our friends don't. And our neighbors don't," Louisville resident Judy Givens said while having a heater with her husband. "We think that 2022 could be better. And then we had omicron. And now we have this, and it's not starting very well. "