05/09/2016 04:23 EDT | Updated 05/09/2016 04:59 EDT

Fort McMurray Fire: Firefighters Lose Their Own Homes In Blaze

The wildfire is continuing to rage through the oilsands capital.

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A Fort McMurray firefighter says many of the city's crew members have lost their own homes in a wildfire that has destroyed part of the Alberta oilsands capital.

Nick Waddington, who is also president of the Fort McMurray firefighters union, says he hasn't confirmed the number yet, but it's in the range of two dozen.

He says one firefighter watched his home burn while he was standing at the end of his driveway, then put in another 18 hours of work trying to save other houses.

An Alberta firefighter hoses down hotspots in the Parson Creek area of Fort McMurray. (Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr)

About 80,000 residents fled the city following a mandatory evacuation order last Tuesday.

Officials have estimated at least 1,600 homes burned and that number is expected to be updated today.

Waddington says exhausted city firefighters are getting time off this week to reunite with their families.

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