Confused callers vilifying wrong fire department

(AP) - A volunteer firefighter in the West Tennessee city of Obion says the department is getting ugly threats after another department allowed a home to burn down.

Randy Evans said callers to the Obion Fire Department have threatened to burn the fire station and do bodily harm to firefighters. The department took down its Facebook page because it was overwhelmed with hateful messages, according to WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY.

The anger was spurred by a policy of the Obion County Fire Department that prevents firefighters from dousing a fire if the homeowner has not paid a subscription for fire protection.

Evans said it was time to find a better answer to fire service funding than a so-called "pay for spray" policy that several departments, including his own, follow.

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