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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sheltra Family Says Pineville Firefighter Brotherhood Helped Them Recover Lost Phone

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

Possible eletrical fire ignites Clayton home, forces family out

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

Discarded cigarette started house fire in Wendell

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

New digital firefighting training for Greenville firefighters

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Family saves 9 dogs, 1 bird from burning home in Catawba County

A Catawba County family braved a fire Monday afternoon to save nine dogs and a bird inside their home. Five fire departments from Catawba, Lincoln and Iredell counties fought the fire just south of Maiden. They could see smoke and flames coming from the front of the home when they arrived. "They were home at the time,” Sherrills Ford Fire Chief Rick Davis said. “Everyone did make it out. They had smoke alarms. They did activate so they were able to get out in plenty of time." The owner and her husband were inside when it started and believe the fire started in the kitchen. They are grateful the Pomeranians and the bird are OK. "This is my baby,” Francis Tubbs said of one of the dogs. “His momma is in the pen. All my dogs are in the front yard." The Red Cross is assisting the family.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Fire burns up track equipment at Salisbury High

Fire burned up track equipment and a metal roofed shed near a practice field at Salisbury High School on Monday afternoon. The relatively small fire created a lot of interest in the area for the thick plume of black smoke seen billowing from the area just off S. West Street near W. Thomas Street. Several track mats were burned in the fire. The Salisbury Fire Department responded quickly and extinguished the flames. One neighbor whose home was directly beside the practice field said he was thankful that firefighters were able to put the fire out so quickly and keep it from spreading. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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