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June 13th, 2013
11:08 PM ET

Most destructive fire in Colorado history

Firefighters made little headway Thursday against a raging wildfire near Colorado Springs, Colorado, which has scorched close to 16,000 acres, destroyed 360 homes and claimed at least two lives.

Witnesses spoke to the two victims in the afternoon, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa told reporters.

"They said that they could see a glow to the west. They were packing their personal belongings, trying to get out," he said.

Earlier, county spokesman Dave Rose told CNN that the Black Forest Fire, burning northeast of the city, now appears to be the most destructive in terms of property lost in state history.

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