Fort McMurray Fire: Albertan Watches On His Phone As Blaze Consumes Home

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With not nearly enough time to pack, James O’Reilly rushed out of his Fort McMurray home on Tuesday and started driving.

Shortly after, he sat in his truck and watched on his phone while his home burned down.

A security camera captured the scene in his living room, as it was engulfed by the wildfire that has ravaged the northern Alberta city, according to Metro Edmonton.

The footage shows heavy smoke quickly infiltrate the living room as powerful flames crackle near an aquarium. Within a minute, the room is gone.

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Wildfires have been burning in the Fort McMurray area since Sunday. (Photo: Canadian Press)

O’Reilly's residence is just one of the 1,600 homes, businesses and public buildings in the city that have been torched by the vicious wildfire that began on Sunday and grew into an inferno days later.

The blaze has prompted the largest fire evacuation in Alberta's history. More than 80,000 residents have fled the city since Tuesday.

Luckily for O’Reilly, his situation is better than many others.

“We made it through, and we have our camper, so we have a home on the road,” he told Metro.

With files from The Canadian Press

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