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Man watches live doorbell camera as Fort McMurray firefighters battle to save his home


A 30-year resident of the northern Alberta city of Ft McMurray, recently had a security system installed at the home he’s lived in for the past 2 years, with his two kids.

Because of a live security camera installed in the doorbell, the resident was able to watch as fire crews doused hotspots on the front porch and knocked down parts of the entrance, as flames quickly spread to the roof.

As the 40-year-old homeowner, Ken Bell, watched closely from a live home security camera feed on Tuesday, he says, he gained a newfound appreciation for firefighters.

“They’re amazing,” Bell said. “Just watching how they go about it, how hard it must be, how fit they are and how knowledgeable they are. When you watch the video, and you see all the things they did to put the fire out and know where to look, it’s pretty impressive. They know what they’re doing.”

As wildfire-ravaged Ft McMurray begins to recover — officials announced Monday that a schedule for evacuees to return home will not be ready for another two weeks.

Bell says he’s eager to get back and assess the damage to his home.

“I wasn’t expecting to get back before four weeks,” he told The Edmonton Sun. “The only thing I would hope, is that there is a window in the next two or three weeks where they actually open it up and let people see their houses and grab some stuff.”

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