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Pay Your $75 Fee or South Fulton Fire Dept. Will Watch Your Home Burn to the Ground

I thought a statement made by the Oakland Police back in August was pretty bold ("If you come home to find your house burglarized and you call, we're not coming"), but that was before I learned about how they roll at the South Fulton Fire Department in Tennessee. To put it simply, the SFFD would like you to know that if you don't pay your annual $75 county fire service fee, they will stand by and watch your house burn to the ground.

Cranick If you think the SFFD is bluffing, just ask Gene Cranick. He failed to pay his $75 and then had the misfortune of seeing his home catch fire. The Cranicks called 911 several times, and were told that the SFFD would not come on account of, you know, the $75. The Cranicks then reportedly offered to pay the $75 if firefighters would extinguish the fire, but that offer was rejected. "I thought they'd come out and put it out, even if you hadn't paid your $75, but I was wrong," Gene Cranick told local TV station WPSD.The SFFD later did come to the scene when the fire spread to a fee-paying neighbor's field, but still refused to put the fire out at the Cranick's home.

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker stated "anybody that's not in the city of South Fulton, it's a service we offer, either they accept it or they don't."

Posted by Bruce Carton on October 6, 2010 at 12:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (22)


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