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People forced by Encino Fire from homes return to learn extent of damage

Concrete wall helps protect home from Encino Fire (Source: Tucson News Now) Concrete wall helps protect home from Encino Fire (Source: Tucson News Now)
SONOITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Residents were finally able to get back to their homes on Wednesday, June 21, after Encino Fire evacuation orders were lifted. 

Sadly, some residents found devastation as their homes are now just piles of debris on burned land. There were a lot of thankful residents, as well, as they returned to find their homes still standing. 

"I was a little nervous. I thought my house was going to be gone," said Robert Macintyre, who left his home late Tuesday night, June 20.  

Flames and smoke from the Encino Fire surrounded him as he left with nothing more than his dog and the clothes on his back. 

"My jaw dropped. I was like, 'oh,'" Macintyre said after he was allowed to return home.  "I'm very lucky. Wow."   

The fire left some marks here and there, but his house was still intact.

"Look at the tree, look how hot it got. Look at the branches up there."

A concrete wall surrounding his home stopped the quickly spreading fire. 

"I thought my house was going to be gone." 

Standing among burned land, Macintyre said he is grateful to find his home still standing.

"Extremely, extremely. I don't want to be homeless. I don't want to be living in a hotel. Less stressed. Less worried." 

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