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Major fire burns down towns in US, two people missing

Major fire burns down towns in US, two people missing

Denver: A wildfire burnt down two towns of Boulder County in Colorado, United States, destroying around a thousand homes while two people are reported missing and feared dead in the mishap, Reuters reported.

Boulder Country Sheriff Joe Pelle told media on Sunday that one person was reported missing on Saturday but found later unharmed, while the houses of two missing others were wholly burnt down. Search for them going on, he said. However, the Sheriff declined to reveal how the fire started.

The fires erupted on Thursday afternoon in the northern suburbs of the Denver metropolitan area. Winds of 160km per hour raged the flames, spreading it fast. The fire consumed the towns of Superior and Louisville while residents were evacuated. It burnt through 6000 acres in two hours, officials informed.

A video posted on Twitter showed a shed near the state highway in the area blazing on Thursday. The Sheriff said that they don't know about the shed or are not sure whether the fire started from it.

Meanwhile, Denver Post reported that authorities believe that the fire started from a group of buildings owned by a religious sect in the neighbourhood. But the sect denied that the fire had started on their property.

Though doubts were there that damaged powerlines created sparks, which erupted the fire, no evidence for that was found.

The US administration declared the incident a national disaster initiated funds for the affected.

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