Callers threaten firefighters after home burns

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 12:31 PM
Callers threaten firefighters after home burns

A volunteer firefighter in Tennessee says his department is getting ugly threats after a different department in the area allowed a home to burn down because the owner had not paid a fire protection fee.

Randy Evans said callers to the Obion Fire Department _ which serves the city of Obion _ have threatened to burn the fire station and harm firefighters. The department took down its Facebook page because it was overwhelmed with hateful messages, according to WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky. (

The anger was spurred by a policy of the Obion County Fire Department, which prevents firefighters from dousing a fire if the homeowner has not paid the fee. Evans says it's time to find a better answer to fire service funding than the "pay for spray" policy.