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Nov 1, 2012 8:12 PM by David Ortiviz

Damage from Wetmore Fire tops $2 million

New numbers are being released on the Wetmore wildfire that destroyed fifteen homes. Damage has now topped $2 million and that number is expected to climb even higher. Meanwhile families are still sifting through the rubble.

"There was a lot of good stuff in that house to take," said Thelma Glass. "But we didn't get a chance."

Thelma and her husband Ron moved to Wetmore from Alabama about two years ago. "It was just perfect." They lived in a two-story, three bedroom house with a gorgeous view of the mountains. But on October 23 their lives changed.

"Five to six minutes and it was here," said Glass. The fire roared through their neighborhood with little warning.

"It could have been really bad and it was really bad, but God watched out for us I think," said Glass.

No one was hurt, but the fire consumed 15 homes leaving nothing but rubble and ashes. According to the Director of Emergency Management in Custer County, the assessed value of the homes is close to $2.5 million and that figure should climb higher with the cost of lost cars and personal belongings.

"This was my mother's," said Glass as she picked up a canning funnel. They only found a few keepsakes underneath the ashes, including some jewelry and her husband's dog tags from when he served in the Navy.

"That's about it," said Glass. It's not much, but it's something. "Little things, you know, it's burned up and twister, but I got it," said Glass.

The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.

 

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