LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) — Louisville could have passed as a war zone on Friday morning, as flames still lingered in what used to be garages, bedrooms and basements of residents’ homes.
Over 100 mile-an-hour winds stoked sparks that officials believe were caused by a downed powerline Thursday morning, leading to the most destructive fire in Colorado history. Louisville and Superior residents were told to evacuate with no time to spare.
As the smoke clears, a neighborhood in Louisville lies in ashes, resembling the aftermath of a bombing. While many homes are now reduced to rubble, others still stand, remaining perfectly intact. The overall feeling is eerie.
FOX31 reporter Dan Daru describes the scene “as if a bomb hit.” The neighborhood smelled like a fireworks show, with flames still burning what little is left of someone’s Mercedes-Benz van.
The Marshall Fire burned hot and quick through the neighborhood, choosing some houses to burn, others to spare. It is a testament to the unforeseeable future of the families who lost their homes.
FOX31 will continue coverage throughout the day Friday, with live footage of the fallout from the Marshall fire.