As crews in Colorado race to contain a destructive and deadly wildfire outside Denver, incredible cell phone footage has emerged showing one family's escape from the towering flames.
Kaleb Gulick, 13, shot the video in the car with his father as his family sped through the inferno in two separate cars Monday afternoon, Denver Fox affiliate KDVR-TV reported.
"Daddy!" Rhoanabella Gulick's small tearful voice cries out against a dark red sky.
"We're going to make it," Doug Gulick answers. "We're going to be fine."
"Where's Mom?" she asks urgently. "Why is she stopping?"
The mother, identified as Kim Olson according to KDVR, had stopped temporarily because she thought the road was blocked.
They continue on, surrounded by thick smoke, flying embers and flames just beyond the road until just moments later when they emerge into clearer skies.
"We're out, we're out," Doug Gulick says.
The family had been following a local blog with updates from a fire scanner when they made the decision to get out, Kim Olson said Thursday on Fox News.
"I had doubts if we could make it and i was considering turning around," she said.
"[The sky] went from perfect daylight to perfect darkness…just driving through those trees," Doug Gulick told KDVR. "It was all over in a minute, but it seemed like forever to get to that. And all of a sudden we saw sunlight, and knew we were going to be okay.”
More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has charred about 6 square miles of mostly rural area southwest of Denver's suburbs since it started Monday, according to the Associated Press. The fire began as a controlled burn by the Forest Service to thin dry vegetation that grew out of control.
Twenty-seven homes have been damaged or destroyed, with an elderly couple found dead in one of the homes.