July 1st, 2012
02:07 AM ET

Wildfire evacuee: Burglary 'almost as bad as the house being burned down'

Hundreds displaced by a fast-moving wildfire outside Colorado Springs, Colorado, will get their first look Sunday at what remains of their homes when authorities begin bus tours of burned out neighborhoods.

Authorities were still tallying the toll over the weekend from what state officials described as the worst fire in the state's history, though preliminary estimates by fire officials put the devastation at nearly 350 homes destroyed and more than two dozen damaged. Two people were killed and two were wounded in the fire, authorities said.

By early Sunday morning, firefighters contained 45% of the so-called Waldo Canyon fire, which has scorched more than 17,600 acres - close to 27 square miles - since it began June 23.

Firefighters, aided by helicopters, air tankers and military planes dropping water and retardant, fought to contain the inferno that early Sunday was still threatening 15,000 homes and 140 businesses, according to InciWeb, a multi-agency fire response website.

Crews were working through the early morning hours, fighting spot fires that could flare up and make a run at threatened communities.

"If we can get in and clean things up tonight, it will really help," said Kim Soeper, a fire chief overseeing night firefighting operations, Saturday night.

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  1. mickey1313

    Do people have any shame? To steal from people in this situation proves that people are no better than animals

    July 1, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    True. (burglary like being burned)
    Who could ever forget the hundreds of burlgaries, not to mention 56 deaths resulting from the mass reaction to Rodney King being beaten down by racist cops in LA. 28 fires were intentionally set, while hundreds of homes and businesses were looted as far away from the event as Laguna Niguel in Orange county.
    I just haven't seen any of this going on during this Colorado Springs fire yet. It's probably still to hot to loot.

    July 1, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Didn't see many reports of looting or burglary coming out of the fire areas. That headliner is a kinda goof. You can always replace stuff, but your house is where you keep your stuff. Anyway, there are always a few who will prey on other's misfortune.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      The head line is a quote from someone who was evacuated, allowed home, and found out she had been robbed.

      July 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Catholic Charities

    Hip-hip horrah, hip-hip hoorah. 2 cheers for Catholic Charities for offering to look after our boys as we struggle with this fire.
    Thanks, but no thanks. Burned down boys are just about irrebuildable.

    July 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @porland Tony. True, true. (alway those who prey on others misfortunes) Like hoarders with a "fortune" in others peoples stuff, and those with misfortunate sons. Or was that unfortunate pregnancies. i fergit.

    July 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I agree with Mickey 1313.
    Some people have no shame, and enjoy the misfortune of others.
    Some people revel in it.
    Schadenfreude, those people are called.

    July 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Hey, m.s.! You got to use my word! It's a good one, isnt it?I found schadenfreude applies to lots of people.
    Lots. And they themselves never know who they are.

    July 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, sos!
      Yes, I did use it; so applicable...and if they don't know who they are they should look up the word and then look in the mirror.

      July 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kang

    Only a fool fights in a burning house.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |