ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Highway 48, the road between Capitan and Ruidoso, has become a gathering area for families still awaiting news about their homes.
We met one of those families a few days ago.
KRQE News 13 was with the Sanchez family when they learned they did not have a home to go back to.
Marcos Sanchez and his family were evacuated from their house in Bonito Park Friday.
He says they first saw the destruction on Facebook posts but were still hopeful.
"This is the first time we've seen it with our own eyes and nothing is there," Sanchez said.
He and his family had just moved to the area in January. Their home was leveled in the fire.
The ash and cinder blocks can be seen from the top of the hill.
"Overall I think we're okay because it's just stuff that we lost," Sanchez said. "We're here, my family is with me and we got the chance to celebrate our daughter's birthday."
They celebrated Fabiola's birthday at the evacuation shelter on Saturday when she turned 9-years-old.
Thursday they are processing the loss.
"In my mind, in my heart, I know that I'm going to have what I need," Sanchez said.
Sanchez says there were about 80 homes in the area. He can count six still standing.
"We still have a big building from the camp, a couple of bunk bed areas and the church stayed up," Sanchez said.
The church of Nazarene, where he is the pastor is very close to where his home once stood.
It is still standing, unscathed.
"We need a place to worship the lord and god is giving us the chance," Sanchez said.
His family is staying positive.
"It is kind of sad but maybe god will give us another one," Fabiola said.
The family says they would like to rebuild in the same area, but of course they are not sure when or how.
Right now they are staying with friends.
Fire crews say the assessment of destroyed homes is pretty much done.
The 224 destroyed were a mixture of permanent homes and summer homes.
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