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No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn down.

A Tennessee family lost their home when they failed to pay the $75 annual firefighting fee to the nearest city’s fire department.

What is even more interesting is that the house next door had paid their fee and the fire department came out to make sure that the neighbor’s house did not catch fire.

 The following excerpts are from MSNBC:

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.

“We wasn’t on their list,” he said the operators told him.

Cranick, who lives outside the city limits, admits he “forgot” to pay the annual $75 fee. The county does not have a county-wide firefighting service, but South Fulton offers fire coverage to rural residents for a fee.

Cranick says he told the operator he would pay whatever is necessary to have the fire put out.

His offer wasn’t accepted, he said.

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