‘Fire Refugees’ Flee Alberta Town With Flames Lapping at Wheels

May 5, 2016 3:10 PM

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‘Fire Refugees’ Flee Alberta Town With Flames Lapping at Wheels

On her frantic escape by car from Fort McMurray, Mary Thomas watched in horror as town landmarks like the Super 8 hotel and the newly-opened Denny’s restaurant were swallowed up in a wildfire that’s engulfed the Canadian oil town.

“I couldn’t control my tears,” said Thomas, 46, who fled the flames with her husband and two children. She was unsure of the status of her house as of Wednesday night as parts of the neighborhood had been hit. “It’s so hard to imagine how we’ll move on.”

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