Fire department sends huge bill after home burns
An Arizona homeowner had insurance for his residence, but the policy did not cover firefighting costs.
By Karl Utermohlen
Two weeks after a man's Arizona home burned down, he received a bill of almost $20,000 to pay for the help his family received from the private fire department.
Fox Phoenix reported that Justin Purcell and his wife were not home when the fire started and the Rural Metro Fire Department showed up to fight it. The firefighters were not able to salvage the house, which burned to the ground, and Purcell received a $19,825 bill two weeks later.
"Everything was completely gone," Purcell told Fox. “It’s definitely a shocker when you come back and your house is gone." Purcell lived in the town of Surprise.
The homeowner and his wife were even more surprised when they received the hefty bill two weeks later. Purcell said the fire department's expenses were broken down on the bill, including $1,500 for each truck.
Purcell had insurance on his home, but the policy didn't cover the fire bill.
Colin Williams, a spokesman for Rural Metro, told Fox that "those numbers are set based on 65 years on tradition buying equipment, training, operating a fire service." He added that the rates are fair considering the fact that Purcell lived in an area of Arizona that has no fire coverage.
Rural Metro offers payment plans for those who can’t afford to pay large bills right away, but it does not give people the option to let their house burn.
More details from the story can be found on Fox Phoenix.
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Seems being forced to pay for something you didn't ask for is become the norm in this country!
I am finding this one hard to understand since I am used to fire fighters being paid thru the state or volunteers. The fire department is private owned, his house burned completely to the ground, and he got a bill for it.. he is not allowed to say, hey I cant afford to pay for it, let it burn down.. and to kick him in the a$$, the house burnt to the ground anyways and he still has to pay the fire fighters.. All I can say is, I am glad I don't live there.
Metro Fire, if they receive any government tax funds and are volunteer, in most state they can not charge. However they can ask for donations. My other question is "where is the City fire Department"?
thank you god I don't live in that state, how is it his fault his home burned to the ground. wow
If I were him, I wouldn't pay it. he didn't hire them to do the job, they came out on their own... stupid as law AZ,
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