How House Survived Surrounding Wildfire

Firefighters battle 52 large wildfires burning across 13 western states.
3:00 | 08/17/12

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mosquitos to the fight against the 52 large wildfires burning out of control across 13 western states, fueled by the drought. And tonight, we're learning more about that house that was encircled by flames that stopped right at the front door. We tracked down the owners to find out how that happened. Here's abc's neal karlinsky. Reporter: It was homecoming day in cle elum, washington, d.C., Where the unlucky returned to smoldering rubble. The lucky were spared. And the gordon family was left almost speechless. Is that amazing or what? Repr: Yeah, it is. Reporter: This picture of their house was snapped at 5:00 p.M. Tuesday, just 30 minutes after they ran for their lives. The next few pictures show what they saw. Eventually, the entire house was covered in smoke and flames and they were certain it was lost. When we left, every practical reason, the house should have burned down. Reporter: Until they saw this. Their home, like an oasis in a charred desert -- untouched. God is good. God is good. Reporter: Half of a tree outside is still smoking. A look from google earth before the fires offers a good clue as to how the homemade it the perimeter was clear of brush. The roof, made of metal. Another metal roofed survivor with a close call, doug derooy, credits brave firefighters above all else. How thankful are you? You know, I was thinking i wish we could give everyone of them a tip. Reporter: The firemen? Yeah. Some cash. Reporter: Fires still rage across nearly a dozen western states. In idaho, homeowners are just beginning to go through thme torture, fleeing their homes with fingers crossed. It's -- it's going to be hard. Reporter: In central washington, families like the gordons are breathing easier but still on edge, worried about dry lightning and more hot weather in the forecast. Neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle.

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