Woman dies while attempting to save her phone from her burning house

Woman dies while attempting to save her phone from her burning house
We get it, we really do, our smartphones are our connection to our lives, and we rarely go anywhere without them. Unfortunately, we must remember that these items are merely material in nature, and they are replaceable.

Regrettably, Wendy Rybolt of Bartonville, Illinois did not keep that in mind. She successfully escaped a fire that broke out at her house Tuesday morning with her daughter. Then, she made the decision to go back into the blaze to retrieve her cell phone.

Police were the first to arrive on the scene, and attempted to rescue Wendy from the fire, but the flames forced them to give up the effort. By the time fire fighters arrived, they were unable to rescue her, the smoke had overcome her.

“Material things can be replaced. You never want to go back in to retrieve anything. In this, there was heavy smoke. Carbon monoxide will get you, and you may not even know it,” according to Chief Brian Fengel of the Bartonville Police Department.

Indeed, do not risk your life, and your family for these gadgets. They are replaceable, and we want you to live a long life enjoying all these new electronic toys (and reading our articles).

source: CINewsNow.com



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I feel for her daughter, poor kid. Nuff said.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

R.I.P. common sense

3. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Damn.. No matter how much money I spent on my phone, its not worthy to risk my life for it. This is sad...

6. Busyboy unregistered

Had she not attempted to retrieve it she would live with regret. Now obviously that's better than loosing your life but I doubt she expected to. Nonetheless this is a devastating tragedy for the family. RIP

11. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

Regret of not getting a 200-700 dollar (or lower) piece of plastic with some silicon in it that can easily be replaced and all your accounts can be restored very easily? No nobody would live with regret for very long and instead be happy they lived. I feel sorry for this woman's family. The Family will LIVE IN REGRET forever for not stopping the stupid act of sacrificing your life for a cell phone. I hope this is a message to others not to risk your life for material goods and esp. not for Chinese made junk like cellphones that are easily replaceable.

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

This is why phone with cloud sync is VERY important. We can let go the phone, and our data (including the save game) still saved at the cloud.

4. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Whut? I dont know what to say S: I can go back for my cats or my dog, but my smartphone? It can be replaced with two weeks of work S:

34. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Your cats and dog can be replaced as well but you cant. Your cats or dog are not as important as your life and the contributions that you can make to mankind. No matter how much you love your pets, they are not worth risking your life and no, I am not being insensitive, I love pets and my last dog was named Sweetie by my wife and daughter.

39. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nice post. Common sense should dictate our actions. Sad the woman lost her life. May her soul rest in peace.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is disappointing considering the fact that so many lives were lost just for a material possession that we're tied up to.

20. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

The phone is just a material. The thing inside the phone might not be. and that's why cloud sync is the future. She might just go back to get her phone just not to lose picture/memory or some important document/file/saved-game on the phone.

7. hohogaga

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 14, 2014

thats why no one should buy the FIRE phone

10. webOSlove unregistered

Is this really something to joke about ?

33. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

My heart goes out to the daughter. It does. But if there were not a real victim in this (which the daughter is), then yes, it would be something to joke about. Because stupidity should be mocked.

8. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Any info on the kind of phone she was trying to save?

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Honestly,.. why do we need to know that? Let it be.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013


18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I was going to ask that to. I have a feeling it was a Apple IPhone. That phone has caused so many fatal incidents and lead people to die and people ending up in hospital and koma. Why no mention of the phone and brand...?

27. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The phone and brand were not mentioned because it is unimportant and irrelevant to the story. Can't say I'm surprised that you'd be the one to leave this kind of comment.

37. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

We all know it was a Apple product That's why PA didn't mention Says the iBoy

9. webOSlove unregistered

This is sad but the selfish mom just set up a lifetime of sadness for that poor girl. What a fool. Poor girl

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Some people have all their pictures and videos on their phones and have never backed them up. So if they lose their phone, they feel they are losing many precious memories. And they don't act rationally. How could they? They might be losing years of special moments and are overcome with emotion. For the most popular phone OS, Android, it's a terrible shame that Google does not provide a simple way to backup your entire phone to your personal computer. Or to SD/flash via the phone's USB port. Instead they force you to upload all your data to them so they can do whatever they want with it, including selling it. So many people don't backup their phones as they don't want to share their intimate moments with Google, NSA, "Five Eyes", etc. So we end up with millions upon millions of phones that are not backed up because Google is so f***ing greedy for your data.

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I agree with the first part. +1 As for me, I don't ever back up the whole phone. Photos and videos are what I back up to Google Photos and my desktop. Still, I don't know how that second and third paragraphs are related to the article.

21. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Google CAN/HAVE automatic backup of Photo & Video to their G+ cloud system.https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1647509?hl=en

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Google does provide a way to backup files without selling your data. They don't sell your data in the first place, they sell ad profiles and Google drive isn't spit thru for personalised ads. And as long as you don't flag files as public, they can't and won't be used for marketing purposes (as in used in Google ads). So just upload your files and tag them private and you'll be safe.

23. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Hey this is not iOS that you need to sync with itunes to copy files to desktop!! I can transfer 2 GB of data (photos, videos,..) in less than 30s thanks to usb 3.0! Lol! I thought you had a Z2 and as Sony features mass storage for microsd, copy data to desktop is as easy as with a pendrive! Or as in most Androids, usb otg is supported, so with a $2 cable and a 64GB+ pen drive, no need to boot pc for backups! Could not be easier!!! The only problem is that u have to lose about 5 mins to make a simple backup which people prefer to avoid as it's too time consuming in a 24hrs day! Lol! Poor little girl! Hate level for smartphone suddenly uncontrollable :(

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm pretty sure you have some sort of mental illness or handicap. A mother passes away in a terrible tragedy and all you can even think about is spreading Google hate. Google had nothing to do with the article, it could have been Apple, Windows, or a Blackberry phone that she went back for. There was no mention of any brand for the phone, no explanation as to why she felt the phone was worth risking her life. Why? Because no one gives a crap. If someone you cared about passed away in a similar manner I promise you that the brand of a material possession would be the furthest thing from your mind. Now show some respect!

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

What a stupid woman. I feel bad for the little girl instead of her mom.

15. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

A life for a phone is not worth it. Really wondering what was the mother thinking rushing back into the fire to save a mere phone, I would even understand if its an pet or something but a phone is easily replaceable.

16. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Maybe they is some important data in the phone but it still ain't worth for getting it. Wish her really get it in the fire, at least she still can R.I.P with the phone.

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