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Tennesee Firefighters Let Family’s Home Burn Down Because They Didn’t Pay Subscription Fee

Mayor David Crocker is fine with letting some of the citizens of Obion County have their homes burn down.

More than a year ago, ThinkProgress reported about a tragic case of a firefighters in Obion County, Tennessee standing by and watching as a family’s home burned to the ground because the family failed to pay a special fee the county requested in exchange for the fire service.

Now, this tragedy has once again repeated itself. Tennessee homeowner Vicky Bell was forced to watch her family’s home burn to the ground after they arrived at the scene of her burning house and did nothing because they had failed to pay a $75 subscription fee:

“In an emergency, the first thing you think of, ‘Call 9-1-1,” homeowner Vicky Bell said.

Firefighters came out. Bell said, “9-1-1 said they were in fact dispatched and they showed that they were on the scene.” But once on the scene, they only watched. “You could look out my mom’s trailer and see the trucks sitting at a distance,” Bell said. For Bell, that sight was almost as disturbing as the fire itself. “We just wished we could’ve gotten more out,” Bell said.

Local news station Local 6 WSPD covered the the tragic situation in a video report. Watch it:

“There’s no way to go to every fire and keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department,” Mayor David Crocker said, defending the policy. One can hardly think of a philosophy more fitting for the top one percent.


WPSD Local 6 reported tonight that the policy is unlikely to change. The station also reported details of how people can contribute to the Bell family. Watch it:

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