Nebraska teen and entire home saved from shocking wildfire by video doorbell system
A family in the Midwest is expressing enormous gratitude for their video doorbell system — which alerted them to a wildfire that began burning right outside their home.
Misty Schlake of Gothenberg, Nebraska, downloaded the stunning recording from her Ring Video Doorbell and sent it to the home security company.
"Ring did so much more than [let] us know someone was at our door! It saved my son’s life and our home!"
The doorbell notified Schlake’s 18-year-old son, who was home alone at the time, that there was movement outside their family home on Thursday, April 21, at around 9:15 p.m.
"When he went to the door, he saw our land was on fire," Schlake wrote in comments to Ring.
"My son called 911 and thanks to Ring, our house and all the structures were saved."
Ring exclusively shared a spliced down one-minute and 48-second clip with Fox News Digital, which clearly shows that the blaze is only a short distance away.
An 18-year-old from Gothenberg, Nebraska, received a motion detection alert from his family's Ring Video Doorbell on April 21, 2022. (Misty Schlake/Ring)
Schlake’s son can be seen making a phone call as he checks the porch and front yard.
He’s joined by the family's dog as they wait for emergency services to arrive.
The cool-under-pressure teen spoke directly to his mother through the doorbell’s two-way speaker while light-flashing emergency vehicles pulled up nearby in response to the fire.
"The house is good," he said at one point, giving a thumbs-up sign.
The family home remained untouched while most of the observable surrounding land hadn’t been severely damaged.
Schlake can be heard asking him how he felt at the moment.
Her son described the moment as "shocking" — but confirmed that he was alright.
"I looked out the window, and then I saw … just hellfire," he continued. "But yeah, they got here pretty fast. So ... here I am."
The video concludes by showing that the family home remained untouched while most of the observable surrounding land hadn’t been severely damaged.
The lone teen calmly speaks to his mother, Misty Schlake, through the doorbell’s two-way speaker. He provides an update on their home while emergency services responds to the blaze. (Misty Schlake/Ring)
Schlake said she’s grateful her son had been alerted to the fire.
She and her husband "had left for a long weekend" and were about "three hours away."
Mark Ballmer, fire chief of the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, confirmed that firefighters responded to the April blaze. He told Fox News Digital that an improperly discarded cigarette likely started the fire.
"[That’s what] we feel happened," Ballmer wrote in an email. "[There was] no other ignition source at the site of origin, so a discarded cigarette from the public road is suspected as the cause."
He went on to note that Gothenburg had "very dry and windy conditions" at the time of the fire.