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Topic - Terry Maketa
A Colorado sheriff said the two deaths reported in the Black Forest Fire that has raged in recent days are now being treated as homicides.
Remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire that has destroyed at least 360 houses northeast of Colorado Springs.
At least 3,600 people have been evacuated, as wildfires on Wednesday continued to rip through Colorado and parts of the Rockies, threatening to spread to at least three other states.
The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it's possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.
"Obviously, we discovered the two bodies [on Thursday], and we will treat it as a crime scene and investigate it that way until we prove otherwise," said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, in The Associated Press.
"We have people wanting to provide photos of where the original smoke was located, and so we want to make sure we have everything in place to start sorting through that data and forwarding what's really necessary right directly to the investigators," Mr. Maketa said, AP reported.