Slate reports that the fire is already Canada’s costliest natural disaster in history and has destroyed an area 17 times the size of Manhattan Island.
Nearly 2,500 homes have been demolished by the wildfire in northern Alberta.
One unfortunate man, James O’Reilly, left his home in Fort McMurray only to then watch it being burned down live via Canary, a somewhat creepy home security app.
Quartz reported that O’Reilly evacuated his house only “20 minutes before it was engulfed in flames.” While driving away from Fort McMurray, O’Reilly received a security notification from the Canary app. He watched smoke rapidly take over his living room live on the app.
Interestingly, it seemed to have taken a while for his fire alarm to go off.
A Canary spokesperson said that “the more these kind of devices get out there, the more you see people capturing some pretty surprising things, of all nature, in their homes.”
The apocalyptic destruction caused by the massive wildfire has been captured by a local firefighter in the video below.
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