Tucson, Arizona 2021-06-19 15:43:50 –
El Capitan, Arizona — Fire officials have confirmed that the Telegraph fire lost 51 buildings and 22 buildings in El Capitan alone.
On Friday morning, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office moved residents of El Capitan East and West from GO evacuation to SET.
The fire burned more than 176,000 acres as of Friday morning, 72% of which was contained.
The new image, shared with ABC15, shows a game camera that captures the moment before the telegraph fire consumed the El Capitan homes of Todd Straudinger and Tari Infante.
“It was sparks and embers that got it,” Strawdinger said.
Strawdinger and Infante moved to El Capitan’s home full-time two months ago after selling everything in Phoenix. Strawdinger said he spent everything he had on refurbishing a new property that would eventually turn into a retired home.
“We saw the whole mountain burn,” Strawdinger said.
Strawdinger and Infante were told to evacuate early Monday morning and left the day when they saw the fire approaching.
“It sounded like a jet engine and I could hear it all the time,” recalls the couple, “it was really creepy, not the sound we heard before.”
The two have insured the property, but do not include remodeling or recent valuations. “Therefore, even if the mortgage is partially repaid, they are still sitting with the bare estate and now have no home to go to,” a message written in the Strawdinger and Infante fundraising efforts.
Strawdinger says he works in the construction industry and the cost of rebuilding in the housing market will upside down the two.
“The effort and of course money of building material tools is everything that can help in these situations. The organizers of Gofundme have set up this goFundme account to help those who are impressed by the situation and personally. I will reach out so that I can dream again. “
For more information on their fundraising activities click here.
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