Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won't respond, then watches it burn. That's exactly what happened to a local family tonight.
A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.
The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn't do anything to stop his house from burning.
Daily News @ http://RevolutionNews.US ~ Firefighters watch home burn down because owner hadn't paid $75 ..The fire reportedly started in some barrels outside. As the flames crept closer to the home, Cranick says he offered to pay whatever it would take. The plea fell on deaf ears. Hours later, the home was gone.
So were three dogs and a cat.
"They coulda' been saved if they put water on it. But they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC.
News of a home burning down in rural Obion County, Tennessee because the neighboring fire department refused assistance to the owners who hadn’t paid the $75 fee for the coverage, has spread like, well, wildfire.
But like most news articles - you've really got to read the whole thing. The unpaid $75 fee was something the homeowners could have chosen to pay or not pay - and they chose not to pay. It was expanded service offerings from a neighboring city to the more rural area.
Detroit Fire Department Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin said he's proposing the city allow vacant buildings and homes to burn themselves out - but under conditions. “We are in no way looking to 'let the city' burn, this is about saving lives and money,” Austin said. “My department is strapped, the budget is strapped, and it’s time to look at a new way of doing things.” It's one of 3 proposals, the other 2 being to use the Navy for demolition, and creating a demolition unit within the Fire Dept, with the heavy equipment needed.
Here’s an interesting question about the proper scope of government arising from Obion County, Tennessee. The county does not have its own fire department, and instead relies on the fire protection services of the nearby City of Fulton. But there’s a catch: The City of Fulton does not automatically serve residents of the county. If Obion County residents want to be protected by the City of Fulton Fire Department, they need to pay a $75 fee to the City.
SWAT Police mistakenly injure 12 year old girl during a botched drug raid. Police claim intel of a suspected meth lab. No arrests and no charges filed despite destruction to the house and severe burns to a young girl; The result of flashbangs used during the raid.
Who in their right mind would use a flashbang in a residence suspected of housing a meth lab?