Rebuilding underway in Black Forest Fire burn scar area

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Only a month after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history swept through Black Forest northeast of Colorado Springs, one couple has started to rebuild.

Stafford Brochu, who had only minutes to escape his home with his wife, tells KRDO-TV that even as the fire was burning, he was planning to rebuild. Brochu, a carpenter, has already started building a workshop on his property, and construction on a new home is expected to begin in about two weeks.

Pikes Peak Regional Building says Brochu is farthest along in the rebuilding process, but about 250 property owners have pulled permits in the burn area. Most permits are for debris removal, the first step in rebuilding.

The Black Forest Fire killed two people, scorched 14,000 acres and destroyed 486 homes.

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