COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- As Colorado’s wildfires continued to burn unabated, Penny Carroll, frantic for any scrap of information about the fate of her home, pored over an aerial shot on the Internet of her Colorado Springs neighborhood.
Then she saw an intact roof – her roof. Or at least she’s pretty sure it is.
“I have a roof. I’m going with that. Oh, thank God,” she said Thursday, allowing joy to enter her voice for the first time since she fled her home two days earlier.
Among the tens of thousands of displaced homeowners in Colorado Springs, nerves were beginning to fray Thursday as they waited for officials to tell them whether their houses survived. Hundreds have been reported lost.
“It’s very frustrating. The city has a plan, and I know they’re trying to do the right thing and be compassionate, but it’s taking a long time,” Carroll said in an interview.