Firefighters Watch as Home Burns, Do Nothing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SOUTH FULTON, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman says she doesn't
blame the firefighters who watched while her house burned to the
ground after her family failed to pay a $75 annual protection fee.

Paulette Cranic said Wednesday the firefighters who came to the scene were just following orders. Cranic said her family had paid
the fee in the past but simply forgot it recently.

She's thankful no one was hurt in the fire last week that destroyed their doublewide trailer in rural northwest Tennessee.

Firefighters did not try to save the burning structure because Cranic's fee wasn't paid. Firefighters went to the scene to keep flames from spreading to nearby property whose owners had paid the fee.

Cranic and her husband are now living in their camper and a 21-year-old grandson who lived with them is living with his mother.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2010 at 06:46 PM
    people wake up our country has been taken over by idiots go to and youtube the documentary AMERICA- Fascism for Freedom
  • by marv Location: Memphis on Oct 13, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    I believe this is totally wrong, wheather he paid the $75 or not, the fire dept. should have not let his home burn to the ground. This is totally rediculous and unheard of. I guess it will be safe to say that since he failed to pay $75, If there were kids trapped in the burining house, the fire dept wouldn't have attempted to save them due to the non-payment. What is the world coming to???
  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    Ceanne... and now YOU fail to read.. the home was OUTSIDE the fire district. Fire protection was available to those that pre-paid. He CHOSE not to pay. He CHOSE to live in an UNTAXED, UNPROTECTED, UNINCORPORATED area. The City contacted him on his non payment. He CHOSE to decline payment and coverage. He decided that his family, property, and pets were not worth $75. The BEST option now is for S. Fulton to quit offering the service... that way thier firefighters will not have to watch houses burn. They won't be there AT ALL.
  • by Ceanne Location: SoCal on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    To Erik: Are you saying that between Step #3 & #4 that the homeowner called 911 and the fire dept would not come because the fee was not homeowner said 'I'll pay now.' The fire dept still did not respond until a 'paying' homeowner called 911. Is our new mentality to do nothing when someone else is in trouble? Should a homeless person on the street not deserve any police protection against harm because they do not pay property taxes? I should hope not.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    Do you people knoe how much money it takes to run a fire department? It is even worse with the Volunteers. Do you know how many times it takes to fill up a fire truck. You people need to take a step back and realize that things cost money. It is not just free for firefighters either. That $75 goes towards a lot. I do see a difference if it was someone who couldnt afford to pay it. That's when they should help these people out. You people need to stop and think for a little while. Doesn't matter if the tax money goes to it or not because more than likely its not spent where it is supposed to be.
  • by WONDER Location: Dothan on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    A "real" fire department would not let this happen. What is so unreal is the fact they watched it burn!! You mean to tell me that something like this really happens in the U.S.???? I really don't beleive in suing BUT if a lawsuit deserves to happen, this is the one! How do these people sleep after knowing they could have helped and didn't??? You are right 'aren', what do their taxes pay for?? Even in places where a volunteer fire department is all you have, firemen in Houston Co. would never let this happen.
  • by lynn Location: daleville al on Oct 7, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    wow that is wrong and really stupid someone has to lose there home cause a fire department wants to make pocket money..
  • by Stefanie Location: Texas on Oct 7, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    That is just horrible. Whether you pay or not the fire department should do there job.
  • by john Location: al on Oct 7, 2010 at 01:31 AM
    when are the people of this country going to stand up and demand our basic human rights.any fireman that watches a house burn and does nothing is not a fireman,orders or not.this should be taken to court and hopefully have this law changed.
  • by joshua Location: samson on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:49 PM
    aren, what you missed was that the area where the house burned down did not have a fire dept. The city's service offered coverage outside of their fire district for a fee. So therefore, they had to pay a fee for the service. With out the payment, they have no obligation to fight the fire. Sounds wrong but I think people have forgotten that public safety is extremely expensive and no one likes to pay for anything. It's like getting insurance on your car while your getting in a wreck.
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