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Canadian James O'Reilly and his wife were some of the 88,000 residents forced to evacuate Fort McMurray, Alberta in the face of massive wildfires last Tuesday. The couple escaped their home of 20 years just minutes before it was consumed by flames. They watched the disaster unfold remotely on the security system O'Reilly had set up on his iPhone, and the footage is both frightening and mesmerizing. 

The iPhone caught the whole thing.
The iPhone caught the whole thing.

As The Toronto Star reports, they weren't at home when they were given the mandatory evacuation orders, and had only minutes to pack and leave, sadly not enough time even to bring their pet fish.

Sources: h/t The Toronto Star