NFPA was recently in New York City filming a new video for our Faces of Fire campaign. For those unfamiliar with this campaign, it's a component of our Fire Sprinkler Initiative that humanizes the realities of fire. (Stay tuned--the new video will be released soon.) While interviewing the new subjects, I was reminded that every home fire has a story. Some of these stories prompt tears, others a smile after hearing how burn survivors found a sense of purpose following something so tragic and all too common.
One of the most heartbreaking stories we've ever shared involves the Daughetee family from Tennessee. Their son, Shane, a 24-year-old volunteer firefighter, responded to a 2007 home fire. Without warning, the floor collapsed, sending Shane into the basement, where the fire was brewing. Crews attempted to rescue Shane from the fully involved basement, but a subsequent collapse of the main floor ceased further rescue efforts.
The pain his parents endured are evident in their video. Shane's lieutenant also shares his grief when he says, "I don't know what it would have cost to put a sprinkler in this home. I suspect it would have been less expensive than the final cost of Shane's funeral."
Please share this video, and if you have any compelling stories of people impacted by home fires that we could highlight via our Faces of Fire Campaign, please email us.