As the helicopter flew over Kiowa, Colorado, it captured horses fleeing as their barn went up in flames. With high winds, the fire spread quickly, destroying 4 homes and 5 other buildings.

Matt Petramala woke up to someone banging on his door. It was 10:30 a.m. and his neighbor told him he had 10 minutes to get out.

"Smoke everywhere, it looks like the apocalypse," Petramala said.

He threw as many of his belongings into his truck as he could and helped his neighbor cut the wire to let out the cattle - then fled.

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"I thought I might die," he said.

For hours he wondered if his house was one of the four burned to the foundation. He was let back up the road around 2 on Sunday afternoon, only to see acres and acres of charred ground.

His house was still standing.

“Couldn't be more than 20 feet or so," he said motioning to how close the flames came to his walls. "I mean, it’s the definition of a close call."

His home had been surrounded by a ring of fire. Firefighters managed to keep the flames away from the building.

“I’ll tell you one thing it’s really humbling," he said. "You don’t know what you have until you’re watching it burn up."

Petramala knows he was lucky as he looks over the burned land.

"I can't put it into words how grateful I am," he said. "I just have a new perspective on life now."