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Tenn. Home Burns... as Firefighters Watch
'Pay to spray' fee strikes again
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2011 9:11 AM CST
A fire engine came for Vicky Bell's home, but it didn't save it.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Stop us if you've heard this one before: A home caught fire in Obion County, Tenn., recently, and firefighters showed up ... to watch it burn. The boys in red didn’t lift a hose to stop the fire because the homeowners hadn't paid their $75 yearly fee for non-city-dwellers, WPSD 6 reports. If that sounds familiar, it's because the same thing happened in the same area a little over a year ago, in an incident that garnered national attention—but no policy changes.

South Fulton's mayor says he supports the so-called "pay to spray" policy, and says that if firefighters didn't let deadbeat homes burn, no one would pay. "After the last situation, I would hope that everybody would be well aware of the rural fire fees." Indeed, the home's owner, Vicky Bell, admits that she knew of the fee, but decided to risk not paying. "We just wish we could have gotten more out," she says.

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Dec 8, 2011 3:40 PM CST
Pay the $75 and you're covered for the year.
Dec 8, 2011 6:44 AM CST
Obion County, Tenn. is a disgrace for humanity. The stupidity and worship at the altar of the almighty buck is astounding. All you Christians in Tenn. Have a Merry Christmas, you sure don't deserve one. Where in the hell is this country headed for. Tenn., make sure you get your pound of flesh out of every one of your sorry citizens. Amen
Dec 7, 2011 11:20 PM CST
If these firefighters are benefiting from taxes is any way, shape or form, then they should provide the services, or stop receiving any type of taxpayer's support.