Emily Franklin lost her home to the Colorado wildfires that have been raging across the region, and she watched it burn down while battling the blaze herself.
The 18-year-old rookie firefighter from Estes Park saw the flames engulf parts of her neighborhood, alerted neighbors about the situation and grabbed the garden hose, ABC News reports.
Franklin then joined firefighters battling the flames and directing traffic. Her house eventually succumbed to the blaze.
"This is my first fire and it was my own home," Franklin told the station. "Great way to kick off a career."
Still, officials in the Estes Park area have been working to inform tourists that sites and attractions are still open, the Trail-Gazette reports.
President Barack Obama recently issued a disaster declaration for the state, which releases federal funds for emergency protective measures, as well as crisis counseling and disaster unemployment assistance, according to the Associated Press.
HuffPost Lifestyle is a daily newsletter that will make you happier and healthier — one email at a time. Learn more