Over the last week or so, you and I have been doing the same thing. We’ve been glued to Global News and 630 CHED following the latest in the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray. Along with updates on the fire, we’ve heard stories from evacuees and emergency response personnel. 43-year-old Mark Stephenson was one of several Firefighters who sadly lost their homes in the blaze. Stephenson was battling the blaze in his own neighborhood of Abasand when he saw his 2-storey home engulfed in flames. Thankfully, he knew his wife, 2 children and dog were out of the house, so he stood at the end of his driveway, took some pictures and a video.
“My captain came up to me and said, ‘You all right? You need some time?’ I’m like, ‘No, everything’s burned. It’s gone. It’s just stuff … let’s go to work.” So Stephenson continued battling the blaze throughout the night, leaving his home behind knowing there would be nothing left the next time he saw it. Sunday, he returned to his neighborhood and took pictures of the devastation.
You can watch the heart wrenching video Stephenson took here and Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen spoke about this kind of heroism this week.