Updated: Fire Victims Identified; Residents View Smoldering Ruins

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Ordway, Colo. (AP) Stunned residents are looking over the smoldering ruins of their homes after a fast-moving wildfire swept through parts of Ordway -- killing two volunteer firefighters, scorching 14 square miles of grassland and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

Thirty-year-old Terry Devore and 38-year-old John Schwartz died when their fire truck plunged into a ravine under a bridge that had been damaged by flames.

It wasn't immediately clear if the bridge collapsed while the pair were on it, or had fallen earlier.

Eight homes were destroyed, but the Ordway fire is 90 percent contained.

Meantime, a 15-square-mile blaze raged nearly out of control on a remote part of the Army's Fort Carson after claiming the life of a firefighting pilot Tuesday.

Forty-two-year-old Gert Marais of Fort Benton, Montana died when the single engine plane he was flying went down. Marais worked for a Sterling company that supplies aerial firefighting services to the Colorado State Forest Service.

As many as 800 people have had to leave their homes because of the Fort Carson blaze, which is only 10 percent contained.

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