Firefighters watch house burn again

In World News on December 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

By: Kristyn Blackwood

This is not the first time fire fighters have just stood by and watched a fire burn. Should a $75 fee be waived if someone is in dancer? Photo courtesy of Google images

Earlier this week, Tennessee firefighters stood by and watched a house burn to the ground. They said they did not try to save it because the homeowners had failed to pay the annual fee for the fire service in their county. Since these homeowners lived outside city limits, in the county, they had to pay the $75 fee. Those who live inside city limits are guaranteed fire protection for no cost to them at all.

            According to journalists, this is the second time such an event has occurred where the firefighters stood by and did nothing. Two years ago the same thing happened because a homeowner did not pay the yearly fee. According to officials, this city makes no exceptions for anybody. If they do not pay the fee, they do not get the service for free, even in an emergency.

            Mayor of South Fulton, David Crocker, said, “There’s no way to go to every fire and be able to keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department.” He also said that since the incident from two years ago occurred, he had hoped everyone would realize that the city and fire department was not kidding around and there would not be a problem like this again.

            Vicky Bell, the homeowner, said, “You could look out my mom’s trailer and see the trucks sitting at a distance. We just wish we could have gotten more out.” Not only was there a fire destroying all that they knew and all that they owned, but to see the firefighters, who are supposed to protect the city, just sitting by and watching was almost as disturbing as the fire itself.

            The couple said they were aware of the policy but could not ever imagine a fire happening to them. The city has received much criticism and judgments for what seems to be a harsh policy, in case of an emergency, but is refusing to change it. Rules are rules, and they apply to everyone.


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