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Jun 19, 2013 5:23 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Volunteers ready to help Black Forest Fire victims

EL PASO COUNTY - Volunteers from all over the country are helping people as they go back to burned homes after the Black Forest Fire.

Steve Sullivan went to The School in the Woods to get supplies for his neighborhood. His house survived.

"There's an awful lot of people, friends and neighbors, that were not so fortunate," he said, "and we're just trying to do whatever we can."

He was surprised by the number of volunteers and organizations helping.

"People just seem to swarm, come out of the woodwork to help," Sullivan said. "Which is a really awesome, awesome thing to see. And it's hard not to get caught up in that, and do what you can as well."

Wayne Strong came for supplies to dig through the ashes of his house.

"Once in a while, you choke up a little bit, try to get over it," he said. "Then you choke up a little bit later, and it kind of goes back and forth like that."

He does not feel sorry for himself though.

"I feel pretty happy, and I feel sorry for a whole lot of people that are in whole a lot worse shape than I am," Strong said. "I'm pretty lucky through this whole thing."

He is not sure what he will do with his property.

"Maybe this gives me a chance in life to say, 'Hey, I still got time to try something a little bit different,'" he said, "take advantage of it."


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