Fireman Refuse to put out Tennessee Fire

United States
October 6, 2010 7:59am CST
Here's the short version of what happened: In rural Obion County, homeowners must pay $75 annually for fire protection services from the nearby city of South Fulton. If they don't pay the fee and their home catches fire, tough luck -- even if firefighters are positioned just outside the home with hoses at the ready. Mr. Gene Cranick's home burned to the ground, while firefighters watched! What do you think? Should they have abandoned the law and helped a man in trouble, or stand their holding true to the laws of the land? Tell me what you think
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@jet2r0cks (193)
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
I read about this earlier today. What they did was just so wrong! I read that the homeowner said he was gonna pay when they arrived, but when he offered his money the firemen just refused to accept it and let the house burn as they watched! These people are terrible! I don't know what kind of people would allow something like that to happen. I don't think I'll depend on them to save my life.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
7 Oct 10
Really? He offered to pay them and they refused and would rather watch the house burn? Oh now that is just awesome. Now he will have to be in a shelter or something and ultimately it will cost the town far more than the 75.00. These firefighters are deplorable.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
7 Oct 10
I saw that on the news and thought it was downright disgusting!! They are firefighters and there they had all the power to put this fire out and they chose not to because of 75.00??? What if someone had been inside? It's a lousy 75.00 that they could have collected later. These people got into this profession to fight fires and save lives. Do they really take the time to look and see if someone paid their bill before choosing to fight the fire? And what if the fire spread to a neighboring home that had actually paid while they stood around doing nothing? And what of all the people who pay whom they do nothing for? All these firefighters should be ashamed of themselves. Their behavior was inhumane at best.
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@misalax (307)
• Ireland
6 Oct 10
That's such a shame. They shouldn't do it for a fee, infact, firefighters, policemen, they're all there to serve and protect the community, not rake money off them or they won't give them their services. Poor man lost his home just because he wasn't able to pay the supposedly required fee just in case his house gets on fire. This law should not be implemented in the first place, it just shows the county's greed for money and they would risk their citizens' lives for it.
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@jujunme (2342)
• United States
6 Oct 10
My God!, this is disgraceful.I'm wondering if these firemen even questioned whether there were any children or anyone else in the home.Going by thier callous and inhumane actions, i wouldn't be surprised if they didn't. You can bet, if it were one of their own famly members they wouldn't hesitate to put that fire out. Aren't firemen , police, physicians and paramedics supposed to be the servants of the "people"?, trained to respond to any emergency without questioning whether anyone can afford their services or not.? Unfortunately, this is just another one of many examples of how society has changed for the worst, very sad.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
6 Oct 10
In our area, emt's and paramedics are required by law to help someone in need even if they are off duty. I think it's sad the firefighters in this particular case refused to help this man because he didn't pay the fee. That's very inhumane. How can anyone put a dollar amount on a fire? Our daughter and her husband are both firefighters. They must go out on all calls even if they are false. The firefighters in this particular case must not have a conscious. If it was their homes or families that were affected, it would be a different story. Someone needs to reevaluate this situation, change the laws and adjust the fees if necessary.
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@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
Wow! I think they should have just helped the guy and have him pay after. I think it was very ruthless of them to have allowed such a thing to happen. However, I don't really know the guy and perhaps he has been really rude to those firefighters in the first place, right? Perhaps he's one of those guys who always complain a lot and don't respect the people who work hard to protect the towns and places. But still, I think they should have helped. Isn't it their job to help out anyone as a vocation? I'm wondering if insurances would pay because the house burned down and the firefighters just watched? hehehe.. That's an odd situation to be in.
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@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Oct 10
From the story here,this just sounds wrong that the firecrew would respond to a fire,then just stand by and watch a property burn when there was some issue of dispute over whether the homeowner had paid or was willing to pay or not...Was there anyone injured in the fire,or was it solely property damage that resulted? This sounds something like a bad action movie plot,where the bad guys are demanding protection money to prevent this sort of thing from happening..before the hero gets involved..aren't firecrews funded by the same taxes that pay for the police,or was this a private company fire service? where I live,Emergency services are paid from my taxes,so hopefully this situation would never occur here.Staying with the bad movie plot idea,I'm guessing there won't be many holdouts on payment for the service after this..
• United States
7 Oct 10
I love the 'bad movie' plot analogy...bravo!
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
8 Oct 10
I can't believe fireman would do this! If you don't pay a $75.00 annual fee they will not put you house fire out? I have never heard such a thing! I think is crazy! What if someone was trapped inside would they let the person die in the fire? I think they should get rid of the law! I think it stupid!
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
What?! They are insane! I don't understand. They are firefighters, there work is to put out the fire no to watch the fire.
• Puerto Rico
7 Oct 10
For who work the fire department for the government or the insurance company? this is abusive.