'Kill the Flashover' event held in Shelby

- Firefighters are supposed to put out fires. Not start them. But this Thursday, they set a house in Shelby on fire.

It was only a matter of seconds before a small flame turned into a fully engulfed fire.

"Fifteen to 20 years ago, you had what you call legacy furniture. You had 15 to 20 minutes to get out of a house when grandma's couch, chair and furnishing caught on fire. Now, you have a couch, chairs, that are made out of solid plastic. Now, you have 3 to 5 minutes to get out of that house. That's a big difference," Mike Ayers, a fire captain from Virginia said. 

The fire was an experiment to test out new ways and new technology on how to better fight fires. The group is trying out things that aren't in the manual by hanging the way they see a fire and make decisions.

The organization behind it all started with two local fire chiefs talking over a chicken wing dinner.

"I have a son who's a captain in the City of Charlotte. I want to see him come home and take care of my granddaughter. I have one granddaughter and he's the pop. I want him always to be there for my granddaughter," Joe Starnes, one of the founders of ‘Kill the Flashover’ said. 

Now, the group called 'Kill the Flashover' is international.

 

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