Whoddathunk a subscription based fire department would turn out badly?

Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight. A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning. Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay. The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck. [...]

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception. “Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

Kicker: A neighbor who paid for the firfighting service himself saw his house damaged by fire due to the untreated fire at the Cranicks.  It’s almost as if the free market* isn’t always more efficient than government.  Probably would be better just to tax everyone and provide the firefighting protection without checking individual receipts and invoices.

Just sayin.

(In this instance, some hybrid “market-based solution” that are all the rage)