Rookie Firefighter Sees Her Home Burn Down While Fighting Wildfire



Emily Franklin didn't hesitate before throwing herself into the middle of the action on her first day as a firefighter. The 18-year-old resident of Estes Park, Colo., reported for duty as the state's epic wildfire began raging through her town, located about 50 miles northwest of Denver.

But as she was on duty fighting the flames, the unthinkable happened -- her own home caught fire and burned to the ground. It was only last week that she was formally hired, according to a report by ABC News.

"I look through the trees and see fire going under our deck, and I was like, 'I think that's my house,' " she told ABC News. "It goes up, and I was like, 'That's my house!' "

She was interviewed Thursday, just two days after losing the home she's lived in since she was born. Despite that, she appeared composed and added, "Great way to kick off a career."

Her car also burned. But even so, Franklin remained on duty, urging neighbors to turn their hoses on. She also helped direct traffic, according to Fox News. She walked away from the tragedy with a positive atitude.


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"I guess anything can happen in a matter of 10 minutes. Getting out was the most important thing, so that's what we did."

Throughout the state, thousands are fleeing, some 350 homes are destroyed and at least one person is dead from a set of fires including the largest, dubbed as the Waldo Canyon Fire, which is the worst in the state's history. That fire has spread some 100 miles -- as far south as the edge of Colorado Springs, and near the U.S. Air Force Academy. (Update: An earlier version of this article said the Waldo Canyon fire spread to Estes Park. It now appears Estes Park developed its own brush fire as the state confronts the problem throughout Colorado.)

As of Thursday night, the Waldo Canyon fire was 15 percent contained, The Associated Press said. Fighting the flames has already cost the state $3.2 million, and its cause remains unknown. Officials were considering the possibility of arson. On Friday, President Obama is set to tour the state.







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Tough young lady with mega PMA.
Wish her total success as a firefighter.

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July 01 2012 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
INFRWKSNJ

This young lady has alot of guts! A lot of guts. She has shown bravery before she really got started as a firefighter.

June 30 2012 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charley Dickey

As a resident of Estes Park I urge everyone to understand several things. First of all, this fire had absolutely nothing to do with the Waldo fire in Colorado Springs, CO which is an hour plus drive South of Denver. The fire in Estes Park was caused by a power line rubbing against a structure. The fire was contained within four hours and was COMPLETELY extinguished by the following day. Although we are a community saddened by neighbors losses, we appreciated the help of all firefighters who stopped further loss. Our community is up and running business as usual, we have beautiful clear blue skies and offer a wonderful destination to cool off and have a great summer vacation. I am certain Miss Emily Franklin would tell you the same if there had been accurate, truthful reporting. Our thoughts are with her family.

June 30 2012 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MANUELITO

Best of luck, Emily; you and your family will get through this!!!

June 30 2012 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ssp631

It scares me, but I think arson (especially in isolated, wooded, fire-prone areas) is the easiest terrorist act to perform. Light it and drive away...the destruction and havoc lasts for days, weeks, months???

June 30 2012 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leadfoot494

maybe next time pay the mortgage on time

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poppablue59

When I was a young firefighter, I responded to a major accident, a car wreck, and arrived on scene to find my wife's truck demolished, and my wife laying in the road. That was a shocker, to say the least. She recovered fully, and so will this young firefighter. Sincere regards to all my young brothers and sisters. Watch out for each other, and bring it home safe. God Bless you all.

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MANUELITO

glad your wife recovered fully

June 30 2012 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BLESS YOU

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