TOOELE - It's been a little over a month since a catastrophic fire tore through a community in Tooele. But slowly, some residents are starting to rebuild.
On the corner of
"Heartbreaking. It's the sadness of losing your community right here," said neighborhood resident
But for Boswell, the sounds of construction don't mask the sorrow that still lingers more than a month later. She says it's hard to forget the night that the view from her front porch changed in an instant.
The blaze started about
The fire burned only 6 acres in the field where it started. But the wind pushed it through a two-block area that contained about two dozen homes, between
Ten mobile and modular homes were destroyed and at least eight others suffered significant damage. The fire was determined to be arson.
"I find myself crying quite often looking out there just saying, 'It's not the same,' " Boswell said.
She considers herself one of the lucky ones. The damage to her home was minimal.
"We lost the
But Boswell says she often thinks of the ones who weren't so lucky. That's what pains her the most.
"It's been a long, hard process," she said.
Seeing her entire community start over hasn't been easy, but it's the support that has helped so many people make it through, Boswell said.
Some of the homeowners didn't have insurance, so they may not have the opportunity to rebuild. Some residents say the donations they've received from the public have really helped them get back on their feet.
For Boswell, the sounds of a hammer and a drill filling the streets may be bittersweet. But more importantly, she says, those noises are a reminder to never give up the one thing that keeps her and her community moving forward: hope.
"We do hope to have our little area back," she said, "and hopefully even better than it was before. You can always hope for that."
City officials are offering a
"We hope that this is incentive for someone who may have been holding onto information to come forward and share what they know,"
Police "initially received numerous tips from the public and investigated each of those tips but have not identified the suspect responsible for the fire. As time has passed the information provided has decreased, and detectives have few new leads," according to a prepared statement from police.
Anyone with information can call Tooele police at 435-882-5600 or text TOOELETIP7101 plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES).
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