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Assistance center opens for victims of Marshall Fire

Gov. Polis and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell held a news conference Sunday to discuss state and federal resources available to fire victims.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A resource center is now open for people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the Marshall Fire.

The unified assistance center is at 1755 S. Public Road in Lafayette. It's open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily this week. Staff is available to help residents with insurance claims filing, financial and food assistance, mental health support, transportation and more.

Gov. Jared Polis, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and other state and local leaders held a news conference Sunday to discuss the center and other resources available to fire victims. 

>Full news conference with Gov. Polis, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and other federal representatives.

Criswell said insurance is the first line of defense for people whose property was damaged or destroyed. She said other financial assistance, including FEMA aid, is available to help pay for things insurance does not cover. She said the Small Business Administration also provides loans to individuals.

More information about FEMA disaster assistance is available at disasterassistance.gov, by calling 1-800-621-FEMA, or by visiting the unified assistance center. 

Criswell said FEMA has about 100 personnel assigned to fire recovery, and that number will continue to grow.

During an update Saturday afternoon, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said three people were missing, 991 structures were destroyed and 127 damaged in the fire. Pelle said Sunday that one of the missing people, a man, was found alive and well.

The fire was first reported just after 11 a.m. Thursday in the area of South Foothills Highway and Marshall Road. It has burned an estimated 6,200 acres as of Friday morning.

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