I find the behavior of a fire department that just stands by and watches utterly offensive and inhuman. They let the family lose everything they have for a paltry $75. Maybe they didn’t have a spare $75. Is that just cause to watch them lose everything? Sick. Really sick and infuriating.
A Tennessee couple helplessly watched their home burn to the ground, along with all of their possessions,because they did not pay a $75 annual fee to the local fire department.
Vicky Bell told the NBC affiliate WPSD-TV that she called 911 when her mobile home in Obion County caught fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene but as the fire raged, they simply stood by and did nothing. “In an emergency, the first thing you think of, ‘Call 9-1-1,” homeowner Bell said. However, Bell and her husband were forced to walk into the burning home in an attempt to retrieve their own belongings. “You could look out my mom’s trailer and see the trucks sitting at a distance,” Bell said. “We just wished we could’ve gotten more out.”
- Petition: Obion County, Don’t Stand By And Watch Homes Burn Down (habwwe.wordpress.com)
- Tennessee Family Home Burns While Firefighters Watch | Common Dreams (2012indyinfo.com)
- Firefighters Watch Tennessee Home Burn Because $75 Fee Wasn’t Paid (ibtimes.com)
- Tennessee home burns as firefighters watch (seattletimes.nwsource.com)