Firefighters search for bodies in Colorado blaze

12:39 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters are searching for bodies in the nearly 350 homes that were burned to the ground in Colorado Springs, in the most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

The remains of one person were found yesterday in what was left standing of one home, and a second person who lived there is missing. In all, the police chief says fewer than 10 people are unaccounted for.

Crews on the front lines have been making slow but steady progress against the flames. The 26-square-mile blaze is reported to be 15 percent contained. Authorities have begun lifting some of the evacuation orders for the more than 30,000 people who fled their homes earlier in the week.

Authorities say the fire didn't gain any ground overnight. The weather is clear and mostly calm, a welcome break from the lightning and high winds that drove the flames.

As residents wait anxiously to see what's left of their homes, police are reporting several burglaries in evacuated areas -- along with break-ins of cars packed with evacuees' possessions outside hotels.

The Associated Press

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