A 23-year-old in Colorado has captured the moment he realised a raging fire was headed straight for his family home.
Jeffrey Lucas, a resident of the Mountain Shadows area in Colorado Springs, was watching the news on Tuesday with his parents when they realised how close the fire was, the Denver Post reports.
He ran outside and started filming but the flames suddenly spread down the hill towards their home.
“Oh my gosh, look at this. This is unbelievable, it’s all the way down the hill… we’ve got to go,” he can be heard saying in the video.
From that moment, it took just 30 minutes for his house to be engulfed by flames.
"The fire was literally coming down the hill as all of us were running to grab things out of the house and get out of there," he told the Denver Post.
"The smoke was so bad as we were trying to leave, I couldn't hardly see or breathe while driving in the gridlock of people getting out of the area."
Despite a shaky hand, Mr Lucas managed to capture the fire coming over the hill while cars speed out of their driveways.
“I’ve got hurl pain, I’ve never seen anything like this before, I can’t stop shaking,” Mr Lucas is heard saying in the video.
He later said he feared that many homes had been destroyed, but fire officials have not yet addressed it publicly.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet, but, yeah, we have no home. I guess we are nomadic," he said.