What would you take from your burning house?

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    Michelle Ashton, 27, would take her MacBook Pro and Teddy, who already survived one burning house.

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    Sudanese farmer Paul Mading Kwaje, 22, would rescue his bush knife, a wood bracelet, his largest bowls, his hoe, a water bottle, and his favorite shirt.

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    From Bulgaria, George Yanakiev, 23, took a light-hearted approach to what he'd save.

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    Brooklyn's Erick Elliott, 22, would rescue his music and a photo of his deceased cat, Morris.

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When disasters like the fire in Colorado happen, many people start asking themselves, "What would I take, if I had only, say, 20 minutes to leave my house?"

Photographer Foster Huntington asked that question on his blog and responses poured in from around the world. They're now in his soon-to-be-released book "The Burning House."

"I've always been interested in how people's posessions and what they value kind of reflect their backgrounds and their personal priorities," Huntington said.

Listen to the audio above to hear what Huntington has to say about computers being a common choice among submissions and the debate between sentimental v. practical

We also asked all you listeners Foster's question on Twitter and our Facebook page. You can see responses in a Storify stream here.

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