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Five homes destroyed in fire near Pueblo Airport

Posted: 11:11 PM, Apr 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-18 01:11:45-04

On Tuesday, it was a devastating sight for the Pueblo community as five homes were destroyed in a fire near the airport. 

The Pueblo Fire Department says up to 20 acres were burned. 

As of early Tuesday night the fire was 100 percent contained and evacuation orders were lifted. Sadly, for those living on Barnett Road, lives have been forever changed. 

Barb Benedict said, "I think our time on that road might be done by the look of it."

Benedict lives on Barnett Road, a place she’s called home for more than 30 years. 

‘"I was at work when I got a call from my husband. He said, "The back field is on fire."

Not long after that they were told they needed to leave. 

"At that point I had my dogs, I had my husband, I had my best friend who lives right next door so we’re going to be okay…lives are always more important…right now I’m kind of numb. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do right now, but as long as everybody gets out and they get the animals out we’ll rebuild…by the grace of God it’ll be okay."

Ruben Bishop also lives on Barnett Road.

"My wife called me and told me that I needed to get home. I have four children at home, three babies, so I just flew home."

Thankfully, he was able to get his family to safety.

"It looked like a couple of the houses around us-the fences were on fire and it just kept spreading and spreading…with the wind…it’s devastating. It’s very devastating," said Bishop who doesn’t know the condition of his home. 

"It’s scary. It’s a scary thought. You don’t know what you’re going to come back to."

Even through the uncertainty of what’s to come, fellow resident Ross Determan says one thing is certain.

"We’re a real strong community…so if anyone needs anything…their neighbors are going to come to aid."