Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Fire Sign of the Times

Digby, on the South Fulton, Tennessee firefighters who stood by and watched as Gene Cranick's rural home burned to the ground - the fire department refused to respond because Mr. Cranick hadn't paid a $75.00 fire prevention fee:
"F**k yer neighbors if they don't have the money" doesn't seem like the America they used to talk about.
In related news, a relative of the homeowner has been arrested for assaulting the South Fulton fire chief, David Wilds:
Timothy A. Cranick, 44, a resident of Buddy Jones Road near South Fulton, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault, according to South Fulton Police Chief Andy Crocker. Crocker said the assault stemmed from a fire that occurred earlier in the day and he identified Cranick as a family member of the person whose property burned. He said Cranick allegedly came to the fire station looking for Wilds, according to witnesses. When the fire chief identified himself and asked if he could help him, Cranick allegedly struck Wilds.“He just cold-cocked him,” Crocker said, based on witness statements.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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