Burn mother fucker burn

The roof the roof the roof is on fire
The roof the roof the roof is on fire
The roof the roof the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn
Burn mother fucker burn

Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 fee.

The fire started when the Cranicks’ grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.

When speaking to the operator, Cranick offered to pay whatever fee was necessary in order to have firefighters come to his home to put out the fire, but his offer was denied.

Firefighters did arrive, but only to stop the fire from spreading to the neighboring property, whose owner had paid the fire fee.

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker asserts, “Anybody that’s not inside the city limits of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer. Either they accept it or they don’t.” Mayor David Crocker told the newspaper that if the city allowed people to pay after the fact there would be no incentive to subscribe. As an analogy, he said an insurer won’t pay for an auto accident if insurance lapses.

Cranick’s son, Timothy, was so angry he later went to the fire house and punched the chief, police said. The younger Cranick was charged with aggravated assault and is free on bond.

Of course, most of the articles I found online sounded like this:

Where the F*ck is common decency? What if this was your mother’s home burning down?!  This story fires me up beyond belief (no pun intended)…  In a nut shell, a homeowner didn’t pay the $75 yearly fee to have access to the fire service, so when he called 911 to get someone out to stop it from burning to the ground they said they couldn’t help him.” – Read more

“No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn” – Read more

And my all time favorit:

Talk of limited government is appealing until you see what it actually means in practice: a society in which it’s every man for himself.
Call it Ayn Rand’s stark, anti-governmental dream come true, a vision that last week turned into a nightmare for Gene Cranick, a rural homeowner in Obion County, Tennessee. Cranick hadn’t forked over $75 for the subscription fire protection service offered to the county’s rural residents, so when firefighters came out to the scene, they just stood there, with their equipment on the trucks, while Cranick’s house burned to the ground.” – Read more of this crap

The home owner was offered a service, which they didn’t want to pay for.  They did not state that they were not able to pay for it, they CHOSE not to pay. What’s so wrong with taking responsibility for your choices? That’s a big part of freedom. Freedom allows you to make choices, it also allows you to make mistakes.

So they didn’t feel the need to pay for a service, but they are expecting to get it anyway? Fire fighters are supposed to risk their life or health to help them, though they didn’t want their help? (Well, at least they didn’t want it until they needed it). If you would only pay for putting a fire out after you need it, the cost would be a lot higher than $75 (and probably more than the double wide was worth). That’s how insurances work… If nobody would pay, the service would not be available at all…

Those who met me know that I am not a cold-hearted person, but I would have happily watched the fire burn down the trailer.

And by the way, the fire was caused by his son burning trash. Probably didn’t want to pay for garbage disposal either…

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One Comment

  1. Chaos
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm Permalink

    Another interesting fact is:

    Two or three years ago the house where his son lives caught fire, and they responded anyway and waived the fee.
    Maybe he learned his lesson this time?

    I was thinking about a possible insurance fraud. How many houses can a single family lose to fire? But then again, we are probably not talking about the smartest people here…

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