Former residents of Abilene, the family only has clothes, a vehicle after the Boulder fire

Boulder, Colo – “It’s like a blur.”

Mark Smith, a 1996 Cooper High School graduate whose family has lived in Colorado for less than a year, was still on Monday feeling the loss of his home in a fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses here last week.

“The day it first happened, I refer to it as Day Zero because it was all just fog,” he told the Reporter News late Monday afternoon. “What just happened? He spent the first day full of tears. The second day was half tears, half tears, half smile. And then we get a little better every day.”

“It’s a strange feeling. But, man, we’ve been surrounded by so many great people. There are so many good people in this world, and we’re experiencing that right now.”

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