I am truly sorry for the homeowner. I'm sorry because can't believe that he was so dumb as to not pay the measly $75 (.20 per day) to protect his home . After his house caught fire the $75 seemed like a great investment and he told the fire department that he would pay them anything to put out the fire.
There is an important caveat to this story, which the article glosses over entirely. You see this county is very rural and it has never had its own fire department. So a few years ago the county entered into an agreement with a local city to provide fire service to those residents in the county that wanted this service. But the fee to pay for this service is entirely voluntary, so if you don't pay you don't get the service. It's no different then the guy who chose not to buy flood insurance but then finds his house under three feet of water and wants us, the taxpayer, to pay for his bad decision.
Its called personal responsibility people and this is a great example of what happens when people chose to not exercise it.
I just hope he chose to buy fire insurance.
Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground
OBION COUNTY, Tenn. - 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.
Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.