(WXIA) As David Corley walked into his Rome, Georgia home Monday afternoon, you could still smell smoke in the air. The ground is still covered in soot.
“It was mainly up there on the mantle,” Corley said.
He was pointing to where the fire was spreading as firefighters gained control of the flames. That spot is also where the American flag from his grandfather’s funeral sat in a shadowbox along with his military medals and other keepsakes.
“This is one of the rounds from the 21-gun salute,” Corley said as he held up the casing.
The items are memories of Forest Clifford Corley, a World War II era veteran and former prisoner of war, his grandson said.
Firefighters responded to the Corley home last Thursday night for a house fire. With everyone already safely outside, firefighters focused on stopping the fire inside. Once the flames were under control they looked for anything they could save.
A firefighter spotted the flag as it caught fire.
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