Colorado Wildfire: Black Forest Fire Leaves 2 Dead, 379 Homes Destroyed [PHOTOS]

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    Large plumes of smoke from a wildfire burning in the Black Forest stretch the horizon threatening homes north east of Colorado Springs, Colorado June 11, 2013. Reuters
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    A house sits undamaged in the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire in Black Forest, Colo. Reuters
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    An aerial view of burned out vehicles in the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire in Black Forest, Colo. Reuters
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    An aerial photo shows wildfire burning homes in Black Forest community near Colorado Springs, Colo. Reuters
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    A victim of the Colorado wildfire was recently told he owes DirecTV $400 for lose of equipment after his house burned down. Above: Schad Dohl watches a wall of fire as it rages through Black Forest, Colo. Reuters
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    An aircraft releases a fire-retardant solution to help stop the spreading of the burning fires at Black Forest, Colo. Reuters
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Two days after Colorado was hit with a historically damaging Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs, Colo., officials announced Thursday that the blaze had claimed the lives of two individuals.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa confirmed late Thursday that two bodies were found among rubble caused by the wildfire, the Denver Post reports. Maketa said the unidentified duo had appeared to be attempting to flee before succumbing to the blaze, stating bodies were found in the homes’ former garage, a nearby car reportedly found packed with belongings.  

Officials said an individual stepped forward to confirm they had spoken to the deceased pair at 5 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly hearing “popping and cracking sounds” during the call.

El Paso County officials said as of 10 p.m. Thursday, 379 homes were destroyed after the historically destructive wildfire ravaged an estimated 15,700 acres. The fire is currently 5 percent contained. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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