Highway Where Firefighters Died Reopens

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Ordway, Colo. (AP) The highway where two firefighters died earlier this week while responding to a wildfire near Ordway has reopened, with highway engineers temporarily replacing a collapsed bridge with culverts.

Terry Devore and John Schwartz Junior died when their fire truck plunged into a ditch after a 71-year-old wooden bridge burned in the 8,900 acre fire that destroyed eight homes in Ordway that also forced the evacuation of all 12-hundred residents.

Colorado Department of Transporation Spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said they were studying a permanent replacement for the bridge on Colorado 96 west of Ordway. Schwartz's funeral is scheduled for three this afternoon at the Fowler Methodist Church in Fowler, Colorado.

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