The family of a fallen Pineville volunteer firefighter has even more reason to be thankful for the brotherhood.
After a recent family trip to Colorado, Brian Sheltra said his daughter, Christina, misplaced her phone with pictures from the past year including ones with her brother Richard, who died in the line of duty this April.
“For her, it was less about the phone and what was on it. We knew to her that the pictures was going to be a big, big loss,” said Brian Sheltra.
Once they realized the phone was missing, Sheltra used the “Find My iPhone” app to figure out where it might be. Somehow the phone ended up in Dumas, Texas. Sheltra reached out to the local fire and police departments and within hours, they had the phone.
“Just to know that someone halfway across the country would do something for a stranger. You know we've all gotten phone calls from strangers, people we don't know, and they were just willing to do whatever they could, they never really questioned me about the story,” said Sheltra.
It’s a brotherhood that has embraced the Sheltra family since Richard's passing.
TWC News - Charlotte NC
A possible electrical fire early Wednesday morning in Clayton destroyed a car and damaged a house, forcing a pregnant woman, her child and four dogs out of the home.
The fire was initially reported as a vehicle fire, said Clayton Fire Chief Jason Dean, but investigators later said evidence pointed to an electrical problem in an outlet next to the driveway. The cause is still under investigation.
The woman inside the home heard an explosion before calling 911, officials said. A neighbor then kicked in the back door and rushed in to help clear the family out.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the front of the home, officials said. There was no damage to neighboring homes.
No injuries were reported.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
Fire investigators said Tuesday that a cigarette butt tossed into a flower pot ignited the fire that destroyed a home on Cortona Way in Wendell on Monday.
It happened Monday in the 7800 block of Cortona Way, in the Tuscan Ridge neighborhood.
No one was home when the fire broke out.
A GoFundMe was set up for Brian and Amy Fitts and their two daughters, who lost everything in the fire. Chopper 11 HD was on the scene Monday and massive flames could be seen shooting out of the home's roof.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11
Greenville firefighters went through fire suppression training Tuesday morning, using "The Bullex Attack System."
It's a digital program that creates realistic fire conditions so crews can practice taking down structure fires in locations where live-fire isn't possible or permitted.
The system consists of a digital screen that simulates fire and produces real smoke.
While the system can't simulate heat, it does force firefighters to focus on their techniques.
Lt. Jesse Harris says, "It reinforces good hose stream practices. The system can be adjusted to different types of fires, class a, b, and c. With each type of fire having different characteristics and responding differently to water and how it's applied."
The department used the system for free but is considering purchasing one at a later date.
The department would also maintain it's live burn training tower.
Greenville Fire-Rescue says this is the first time crews have trained through this system.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville