OBION COUNTY, TN (NBC) - A Tennessee family watched their home burn to the ground last week when the city's fire department refused to respond.
The residents did not pay the yearly 75 dollar fee for city fire protection.
Homeowner Gene Cranick said he begged the city to send firefighters to put out the fire.
However, firefighters did show up when the flames spread to a neighbor's property who had paid the fee.
The city's mayor said county resident cannot receive city fire protection unless they pay they for it.
"Anybody that's not inside the city limits of South Fulton, it's service that we offer, either they accept it or they don't," Mayor David Crocker said.