Daily Dispatch

Grant will help recruit, retain Ashland City firefighters

The Ashland City Fire Department has been awarded a $304,600 federal grant that will help recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. Fire chief Chuck Walker said the department was recently notified it received a four-year Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2014 1:59:42 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Church Hill firefighters commended for pulling man from burning home

Four Church Hill firefighters were praised as heroes Tuesday night by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for their actions in attempting to save a man during a Feb. 23 fatal mobile home fire. Around 12:40 a.m., the Church Hill Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire at the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park Lot 77.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2014 7:42:44 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Fire Destroys Office, Damages Gym of Whiteville Elementary

Whiteville Elementary basketball coach, Dennis Bills, looked at what was left of his office, destroyed by an early morning fire. "When I saw it, I was blown away," Bills said. "I was thinking of all the uniforms and equipment in the coach's office." According to investigators, the fire started Wednesday around 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2014 4:45:09 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Firefighters Battle Fire in Henderson County

(VIDEO) Firefighters are battling a fire on Britt Road in Henderson County. The call went out around 12:30 p.m., and the fire was contained at 1:19 p.m. According to the Henderson County fire chief, the home was destroyed, and at this time the family is displaced. No one was injured during the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2014 12:16:31 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

North Memphis Family Escapes Burning Home

Two people are homeless after an overnight fire destroyed their North Memphis home. The fire started around 3 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of Barret Place — which is just a few blocks northwest of Jackson Ave. exit on Interstate 240. Firefighters say flames were shooting out of the one-story house when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2014 3:25:10 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Knoxville apartments ordered to shut down immediately due to code violations

An apartment in North Knoxville has been ordered to be immediately vacated due to unsafe living conditions of the building. Captain DJ Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department said the Crestview Apartments on Scheel Road in the Inskip area have what are considered "life safety" violations. That means the buildings could be void of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or fire safety walls to help stop flames from spreading.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2014 8:35:35 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Follow Up: Residents at Jaycee Towers Get Extra Help After Electrical Fire

Jim Post, 84, says he's learned a very valuable lesson. "I never guessed how many agencies are at our disposal in this city in time of need." Monday morning an electrical fire sounded an alarm at Jaycee Towers. Residents tell us firefighters wasted no time getting about 150 people out of the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2014 1:43:28 PM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Late night Memphis house fire under investigation

Memphis firefighters were called to a home on fire in the 1000 block of Lewis Street, near Vollintine Avenue, around 11 Monday night. When Action News 5 crews arrived to the area, smoke could be seen coming through the roof of the home. Investigators say there were no utilities in the home. A man who identified himself as the homeowner was there when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2014 5:41:44 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

East Jackson Fire Damages Home

A house in east Jackson is damaged following a fire early Monday night. The Jackson Fire Department got the call just before 8 p.m. of a fire in the 30 block of Bronzewood Cove. When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were seen coming from the house. Investigators said it appears the fire started in a bedroom and at least two people living inside were able to make it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2014 6:40:56 PM - SOURCE: wbbjtv.com

Jaycee Towers evacuated after electrical fire

Jaycee Towers in downtown Chattanooga was evacuated Monday after a fire was reported on the eighth floor. "It was really hard to breathe," explains twelfth floor resident, Rosie Swetman. Swetman clutched her dog, Scoobie, late Monday morning as she recalls her experience. She says she and her husband woke up to the smell of smoke, no water and no power.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2014 2:13:07 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Arson suspected in at least 8 wildfires

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division is reporting several active fires across East Tennessee Saturday afternoon. Officials say that dry conditions along with high winds Friday night brought about some eleven wildfires consuming over 700 acres. At this time, the fires are still burning in Monroe, Morgan and Washington counties.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2014 8:20:59 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Crews called to fire at Whitehaven coffee shop

A fire on the grill at CK's Coffee Shop quickly got out of control early Monday morning. Flames shot several feet into the air inside the diner on located on Shelby Drive a little before 3 a.m. No one was hurt. Action News 5 talked to one diner who tried to help put the fire out. "All of a sudden it was a grease fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2014 3:19:01 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Injured Henry County Firefighter Returns Home

A Henry County firefighter is back home after a thirty foot fall left him seriously injured. Darren Webb, the assistant fire chief in Mansfield, was released from a Nashville hospital Saturday. He broke is back in three places, but after surgery he is able to stand. Dozens in the community came out to welcome home the firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2014 9:43:44 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Wrecked Erin fire truck may have silver lining

As awful as the sight was of a damaged City of Erin fire truck laying on its side in a ditch on Rocky Hollow Road, the insurance payoff and a series of wheeling and dealing could ultimately benefit city residents with lower homeowners insurance premiums. Erin Fire Chief Danny Warren told members of the Erin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on March 11 the fire truck, which crashed Feb.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2014 2:44:57 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Neighbors rescue pig, dogs from burning Unicoi home

Investigators in Unicoi are trying to find out what caused a house fire late Friday afternoon. It happened about 5:30 p.m. at a home in the two-thousand block of Zane Whitson Road. No one was home at the time, and no one was hurt. A neighbor and firefighter teamed up to rescue the homeowner's pets as the fire spread from a garage into the main structure.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2014 7:37:08 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Madison County Fire Fighters Get Specially Certified

Seven Madison County firefighters have officially become certified for the National Association of Fire Investigators. It's been two years in the making, and the firefighters studied for weeks to become nationally certified for fire and explosion investigations. Out of more than 100 firefighters working in Madison County, there are now nine certified fire and explosion investigators, where there were only two before.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2014 2:21:37 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Knoxville: No cause yet for fire that damaged Sikh church

An overnight fire significantly damaged a Sikh church in west Knoxville Friday. Flames were shooting from the roof of the Sikh Sangat Church on 704 Washburn Road as firefighters arrived shortly after midnight. Officials said no one was injured in the fire, but the building is too badly damaged to have worship services right now.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2014 4:43:20 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Man killed in Weakley County house fire

The Martin Police Department is investigating a fatal house fire that happened Wednesday night at 100 Jackson Street. The fire killed 55-year-old Ronald Tyrone Edwards, who was the only person inside the house at the time. Lt. Eric Reed with the Martin Police Department told Police Chief David Moore that when he arrived at the house, the fire was coming from the front left window and door, according to a news release from the police department.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2014 3:42:04 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Firefighters rescue woman from Nashville house fire

A woman was saved from a burning home in Nashville after firefighters found her passed out on a couch while the home was filling up with smoke. The fire alarm went off at the home on Dartmouth Avenue around 2 a.m. Friday, waking a woman and child in an upstairs apartment. They were able to get out, but fire crews found a woman passed out downstairs on a couch that was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2014 3:00:38 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Barn Destroyed By Fire In Portland; Goats Killed

A barn was destroyed early Thursday morning in the Portland area. Several goats were killed. Fire crews were called to the structure fire on the property along Highway 52 at Leath Road just before 5 a.m. The goats were inside the barn due to the cold weather, and perished in the blaze. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2014 6:03:05 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Henry County Firefighter Seriously Injured in 30 Foot Fall

A Henry County firefighter was air lifted to a Nashville hospital after falling nearly 30 feet from a tree Tuesday afternoon. Family of Mansfield Assistant Fire Chief, Darren Webb, said he was helping a family member trim tree limbs before the fall. "I was on the ground when it happened," said Ronnie Webb, cousin of Darren Webb.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2014 8:53:48 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Chattanooga water company hits gas line, fire creates 20-foot flames

Crews were fighting a massive gas leak fire near Browns Ferry Rd. and Patten Chapel Rd. Wednesday morning. It started around 10 a.m. Tennessee American Water workers, who were working on a water main, accidentally struck a natural gas line with construction equipment. When crews hit the gas line, it burst into flames, some up to 20 feet high.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2014 5:41:56 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Wilson Emergency Management Agency firefighters fight Pallet Co. fire

Wilson Emergency Management Agency firefighters took on a fire at a Lebanon business late Monday night. WEMA Director Joey Cooper said officials received the call at 10:11 p.m. that a passerby saw flames coming out of the front part of the building at The Pallet Co. at 1818 Sparta Pike about one mile south of Interstate 40 in Lebanon.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2014 1:14:37 PM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Millington baby meets firefighters who saved her life

Baby Kayla Isabelle got to meet the firefighters who saved her life. In February, "A lady came flying up in the parking lot there and another lady came in and told them they thought she was having a baby," said Alan Starnes, Millington Fire Battalion Commander. As firefighters came out to the vehicle, which was parked under a tree outside, they approached the van with little sense of urgency.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2014 12:39:47 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Crews extinguish garage fire in Rutherford County

A family's home in Rutherford County was saved thanks to some quick work from firefighters. An attached garage caught on fire at a home on Leanna Central Valley Road. The garage burned to the ground, but crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to the family's main home. No injuries were reported in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2014 3:18:34 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

South Knox County house fire hospitalizes two

A house fire in South Knox County sent two people to the hospital just before 1:30 Wednesday morning. Rural Metro called out to a home on Ottinger Drive in the early hours of the morning. Firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control, but the home's a complete loss. Both people are being treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2014 2:00:16 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Big Sandy Firefighters Say Damaged Trucks May Cost $20,000

At first glance the Big Sandy fire trucks appear to be fine, but fire chief Larry Waters says repairing the roofs of three of his four trucks will cost $20,000. "It's an empty feeling because so many people have put so much into this small town fire department over the last forty years," Waters said.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2014 4:36:20 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Former Greenbrier mayor removed as fire chief

The Greenbrier Board voted Monday to sever the last of its ties with former Mayor Billy Wilson. Late last year, the board passed a resolution that placed Wilson on administrative leave as the city's fire chief. On Monday, they passed a resolution that removed him from the office permanently. "This is to finalize our earlier actions," Mayor Bonnette Dawson told the board.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2014 10:39:26 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Investigation continues into death of individual found near a burning car in Jackson

Jackson Police Capt. Tyreece Miller said there are no new developments in the investigation of a body found near a burning car Monday. At 5:34 p.m. Monday, the Jackson Fire Department was called about a brush fire off the dead end of Ash Street. This street is in the Hillcrest Circle neighborhood off E.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2014 5:37:47 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Knoxville Fire Department K9 nominated for Hero Dog Awards

A top dog at the Knoxville Fire Department needs your help to win a big national award. Bailey, an Arson K9 who has been helping KFD investigate fires since 2009, is in the running for the American Humane Society's 2014 Hero Dog Awards. Her handler, Cpt. Travis Kincaid, said Bailey has worked more than 150 cases for the department and many more while helping other places throughout East Tennessee.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Jackson Firefighters Wrap Up Tornado Training

The Jackson Fire Department recognized 19 of their firefighters who completed 280 hours of urban search and rescue training to better prepare for the threat of tornadoes, Monday morning. They started the training following the tornado that tore through Union University in 2008. The tornado helped the fire department identify areas they need to work on.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2014 10:44:45 AM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Barn collapses during fire off of Manchester Pike near Murfreesboro

A hay barn collapsed due to a fire shortly before 7 a.m. today at a lot on the 3400 block of Wilson Overall Road off of Manchester Pike. Charles Smith, of Lytle Creek Road off of Wilson Overall Road, said he expected his hay barn to be considered a total loss by his insurance company. Firefighters with the Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department and Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department dragged the fallen walls and roof of the structure from the smoldering remains.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2014 9:42:54 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

250-300 headstones damaged in Chattanooga cemetery fire

Sunday afternoon another section of grass and tombstones were on fire at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The director, Debra Kendrick says, around 250-300 headstones will need to be cleaned. This is the second time that this has happened. In January, 1800 tombstones spread across 5 acres on the other side of property were also damaged.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2014 7:47:29 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

2 rescued from balcony after Murfreesboro apartment catches fire

Two people were rescued from their balcony after their apartment caught fire in Murfreesboro Sunday night. Fire crews responded to the Woods at Greenland in the 900 block of Greenland Drive just after 7 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming out of a third floor apartment. The two residents went to the balcony after they were unable to leave through the apartment to escape.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2014 7:42:07 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Firefighters Hurt, Families Homeless Following Memphis Apartment Fire

Two firefighters are recovering from burns they received while battling an apartment fire that left many families homeless. The fire happened at the Woodbridge Crossing Apartments near Ketchum and Airways. Charles McKnuckles was asleep inside with his family when the fire swept through the building. “I heard the loud bang and somebody scream ‘it’s a fire, its a fire,” said McKnuckles.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2014 4:37:44 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Hampton brush fires burns more than 30 acres

The Forestry Service and Hampton Fire Fighters worked for more than 24 hours trying to control a brush fire Saturday and Sunday. The fire started on Browns Branch Road and spread over more than 30 acres threatening homes, barns -- and other property. Neighbors say they watched all day Saturday wondering what would happen next.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2014 2:21:27 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

La Vergne department implements transition from private ownership

A professional firefighter for nearly 30 years, Rick McCormick’s goal as La Vergne’s new fire chief is to lead a community-oriented and efficient department. McCormick joined the department the same day he graduated from Smyrna High in 1987. At that time, La Vergne Fire Department Inc. was a privately run company owned by Ace Wintermeyer and James Gafford, who served as the department’s chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2014 8:44:13 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Bordeaux home destroyed by massive fire

A fire that destroyed a vacant home in Bordeaux early Sunday morning is being investigated as arson. When crews arrived, large flames were shooting through the roof of the home in the 3200 block of Mexico Drive around 3:30 a.m. A hole had to be cut in the roof in order to ventilate the home for the safety of responding firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2014 4:39:39 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Chattanooga: Arrest made in connection with fire at Barger Academy

An arrest has been made in connection with the fire at Barger Academy Friday morning. An official with the Fire Investigation Division took an 11-year-old boy into custody and charged him with aggravated arson. The youth was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center for processing. A fire was discovered around 11:46 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2014 10:54:00 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

VIDEO: Suspected Arson at McMinn County Million Dollar Home

A large McMinn County home on County Road 651 was on fire overnight Thursday. The alarm company called the fire department after smoke alarms went off on both floors. Firefighters suspected arson after finding a pile of burned hay and plastic jugs inside a garage. The homeowner is out of town.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2014 6:43:12 AM - SOURCE: WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Four Displaced After Murfreesboro House Fire

Food on the stove displaces four residents from their Murfreesboro home after it catches fire. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 427 State Street just after 8 p.m. Thursday. Heavy smoke was coming from the home when firefighters arrived. The kitchen, attic, and eaves received significant fire damage.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2014 3:23:47 AM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Elderly woman hospitalized after West Knoxville fire

An elderly woman was hospitalized Thursday after a fire broke out in her home, according to the Knoxville Fire Department. KFD says the fire sparked on Foxwood Road in west Knoxville shortly before 6 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames shooting through the roof, and the woman had been partially pulled from the home by her son.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2014 6:41:51 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Woman suffers severe burns in Maryville fire

A resident at Broadway Towers on West Broadway Avenue was severely burned during an apartment fire early Tuesday morning. According to Maryville Police and Fire Chief Tony Crisp, the fire took place at close to 3 a.m. in an apartment on the eighth floor of the building. Clara Click, 64, was in her recliner when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2014 9:09:22 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Kingsport Fire Department believes arson involved in two fires on same property

The Kingsport Fire Department is investigating two arson cases that took place at the same address.The KFD responded to a structure fire on E street around 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday. The fire was in the garage and the structure was fully involved and a total loss. It was determined that the fire was intentionally set, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2014 2:31:51 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

No injuries in fire at senior home in Jackson

Betty Flatt said the residents of the Jackson Meadow retirement home were enjoying their Mardi Gras celebrations on Tuesday not long before they had to begin evacuating because of a fire. “They were having such a great time,” she said. “We crowned a king and queen.” After the Mardi Gras party, most of the residents went back to their rooms.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2014 6:37:44 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

West Nashville Abandoned Home Seriously Damaged By Fire

The cause of a fire that partially destroyed an abandoned home in west Nashville remains under investigation. Heavy smoke and flames were seen when crews arrived at the home on 38th Avenue North and Charlotte Pike around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said the residence was vacant, but someone may have been staying there.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2014 5:10:06 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

With new ISO rating, Oak Ridge Fire Department among top in nation

The Oak Ridge Fire Department has been notified by the Insurance Service Office that the fire protection rating for the department will be improving to a Class 2, a press release said. ISO has been evaluating and assigning fire protection ratings to fire departments since 1971. Insurance companies use the fire protection ratings to determine home owners and business insurance premiums.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2014 10:49:47 AM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Memphis: The towering inferno, firefighting on a budget

A new national standard for fighting fires has the Memphis Fire Fighters Association Local 1784 seeing red. While Union Fire Director Tommy Malone says Memphis is up to standard, the union is bracing for the worst in the event of fire at a high rise downtown. A building is technically considered a high rise if it has more than three stories.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: myfoxmemphis.com

Fire destroys historic Sneedville church

A fire destroyed a historic church in Sneedville on Monday morning. It happened at Briar Creek Baptist Church around 8 a.m. The building is a total loss. According to Pastor Joe Davis, the fire started in the ladies restroom. Firefighters suspect it was caused by electric wall heaters in the bathroom but it is still under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2014 9:39:12 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Roof Collapses on Big Sandy Fire Department

The rain, cold and snow caused major problems for firefighters in Big Sandy, Monday morning. The Big Sandy volunteer Fire Department in Benton County dealt with a collapsed roof Monday morning. The apparent weight of the ice and snow on the roof caused it to fall. The roof dropped onto firetrucks and equipment parked inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2014 1:52:54 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Family Member Saves 100-Year-Old Woman From Burning Memphis Home

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 600 block of Wilson, Shelby Drive and Elvis Presley Boulevard, Monday afternoon. The woman who lives there is 100 years old, and has apparently lived there since she was born. Her family tells us they are grateful they got her out in time. Her grandson said he just happened to stop by to make sure she was OK.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2014 1:35:18 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Tennessee Division of Forestry suffered a Line-of-Duty Death

We regret to pass on that the Tennessee Division of Forestry suffered a Line-of-Duty Death early Saturday morning. Firefighter Jerry Campbell passed away at 0145 Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He became ill while preparing his Cocke County, Tennessee-based unit to deploy from Newport to help control a wildland.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firefighterclosecalls.com

Greeneville Fire Department dedicates new fire truck

The Greeneville Fire Department and the community held a dedication ceremony Friday to celebrate the city’s new fire truck. The $750,000 truck was paid for by the city of Greeneville and had this truck made specifically for Greeneville. “We did a lot of safety innovations with it, a lot of things that are particular to Greeneville even with the size of the truck, the travel height of the truck being a little lower,” Greeneville Fire Chief Mark Foulks said.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wjhl.com

Related: Firefighters train to stay safe as job grows more dangerous

The hoses, the ladders - they're timeless tools of the trade, but for firefighters, the world around them is getting more dangerous. "Some of the furnishings - the sofas and the furniture - years ago that was cotton. So it didn't burn as rapidly," former Fire Chief Jeff Nichols said. However, new chemicals and materials aren't so forgiving.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2014 6:55:31 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Murfreesboro Remembers Two Fallen Firefighters

A remembrance ceremony for Fallen Firefighters was held Saturday afternoon at the site of the Rutherford County Fallen Firefighters Memorial. During the ceremony, the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department honored the only two confirmed line of duty deaths in the department's history. Officials said Firefighters AC Cartwright and Winfred Vaughn were killed 75 years ago when they were struck by another vehicle on the way to a grass fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2014 9:35:03 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Fire burns more than 10 acres in Carter County, investigators calling it arson

More than 30 acres of land has burned in Carter County and investigators are calling it arson. The U.S. Department of Forestry continues to battle flames near Roan Mountain. Two other fires were started, but firefighters were able to quickly put those out. Officials said they're having trouble containing the third off Railroad Grade Road.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2014 7:08:11 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Pigeon Forge has new fire equipment to battle wildfires

Pigeon Forge Fire Department has a new truck that just rolled into town to help fight wildfires in Sevier County. The city bought the new truck at a cost of $110,000 to help with wildfire threats. The chief says this truck can go places a normal fire truck can't, and it take 300 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2014 4:39:11 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Clarksville Family's Mobile Home Destroyed By Fire

A family was left without a home after fire destroyed their mobile home in Clarksville Thursday night. Fire Marshall Ray Williams said flames and smoke were visible when crews arrived at the Markland Mobile Home Park on North Charles Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. No one was inside at the time, but the home is a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2014 5:30:34 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves: New fire truck at no cost

The city’s newest safety equipment arrived this week. And it is state of the art. Our 75-foot pumper rescue aerial truck was delivered to Fire Hall #4 on Big Station Camp Boulevard. Some of you may say, “What’s the big deal?” The big deal is this equipment gives us a second aerial truck to better cover all areas of town — and the city did not have to pay one penny for it.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2014 3:21:13 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Related: Vintage fire truck, inscribed hose to honor firefighter heroes at new Dollywood ride

Two big things from Dollywood rolled into Kingsport’s Fire Station #2 on Thursday. Both — a vintage 1941 fire truck and an extra long fire hose — will be key display components of the theme park’s new family friendly roller coaster when it opens next month. The ride itself is meant to evoke the rush that comes with the peril of responding to the call for help when a fire threatens homes and nature.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2014 9:44:18 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Dollywood ceremony in Kingsport pays tribute to heroic firefighters

Dollywood officials paid tribute to both booklovers of Sullivan County and local firefighters with a ceremony Thursday at the Kingsport Fire Department’s Station No. 2. “Firefighters from all over the Tri-Cities are here today,” said Barry Brickey, the public safety officer for the Kingsport Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2014 3:24:46 PM - SOURCE: TriCities.com

Former Volunteer Firefighter Arrested In Fentress County

A former firefighter with the Fentress County Fire Department has been arrested. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 33-year-old Michael Edward Nicholas, of Jamestown, was arrested Thursday afternoon. Investigators said in September 2013, the Fentress County School Board donated a truck to the Fentress County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2014 2:55:14 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Veteran loses World War II mementos in Smyrna garage fire

World War II veteran Lee McClaran lost more than a garage in a fire Wednesday night. McClaran, 90, of 5300 Rocky Fork Road in Smyrna lost the memorabilia he had collected during his time in the U.S. Air Corp and as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, his grandson Jeff Youngs said. “He just asked me to come by and pick up keepsakes from the garage.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2014 8:53:43 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Memphis firefighters battle house fire that injures at least 1 person

Memphis Fire Department is working to put out a fire that injured at least one person in the 2200 block of Lyon Avenue, near Boxwood Street. Two houses are on fire and fire officials say one of the homes is vacant. The fire call went out around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. At least one person was injured in the fire, but the extent of their injuries is not known at this time.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2014 7:00:35 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Candles sparked 500+ Tennessee house fires in 5 years

The state fire marshal’s office is urging Tennessee residents to be careful when using decorative and fragrance candles. Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says from 2008 to 2012 Tennessee fire departments responded to more than 500 home structure fires started by candles. The fires caused nine deaths, 30 injuries and more than $14 million in property damage.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2014 4:48:27 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Follow-up: Millington firefighters still talking about a very special delivery

(VIDEO) Millington firefighters are still talking about what happened in the Fire Station 2 parking lot Feb. 16 after a slow Sunday turned exciting. "A lady came flying up in the parking lot there and another lady came in and told them they thought she was having a baby," says Alan Starnes, Millington Fire Battalion Commander.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2014 9:50:23 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Mufreesboro restaurant closed following fire

A local restaurant is closed for business following a fire Wednesday morning. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Districts 3 and 8 and Engine 1 responded to a fire call at the Camino Real restaurant at 105 Lasseter Drive just after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. When crews arrived, they discovered light smoke coming from the roof area of the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2014 5:06:10 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Crews extinguish house fire in Knoxville

Firefighters worked to extinguish an early morning house fire on Wednesday in Knoxville. It happened around 4:30 a.m. at a farmhouse located on Rutledge Pike at Ellistown Road. Rural/Metro officials say they received numerous calls about the blaze, and that they when they arrived on scene heavy flames and smoke were coming from the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2014 3:30:45 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

2 injured after Springfield motorcycle repair shop goes up in flames

Two people were injured after a motorcycle repair shop in Springfield went up in flames Tuesday, leaving the business completely destroyed. Smokey Barn News reports Fast Cycle, located right next to a Springfield fire department on Bradley Drive, caught fire around 2 p.m. Two people were injured, one with second degree burns and one with smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2014 1:47:02 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Emergency Responders: Child's seat belt apparently failed in serious Christiana crash

Emergency responders say a car crash that badly injured a toddler Monday night in Christiana was unlike anything they've ever seen. The little boy was thrown 30 feet from his parents' vehicle while still secured in his car seat. Investigators say father Josh Carney had his 2-year-old son, Mason, in the right kind of car seat, and everything was snapped and buckled just as it should have been in their 1999 Nissan Maxima.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2014 8:16:41 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Clarksville firefighters and police on a mission to help sick boy

A 6-year-old Rhode Island boy is joining the ranks of the Clarksville Fire Department. No one in the department has met Tyler Seddon but he’s touched them and the hearts of police officers and first responders all across Clarksville, the United States and the world. Tyler will turn 7 on March 6 and had one simple wish -- to receive cards and photos of his heroes.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2014 3:06:43 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Murfreesboro Fire Department's Ladder 9 plucks fly-away macaw from 40-foot tree

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Ladder 9 responded to a unique rescue call just before 3:30 Monday at a home located at 5206 St. Ives Drive in Berkshire subdivision, according to a news release from the MFRD.. Jan Jansen’s 18-year-old blue and gold macaw named Larry had flown on top of the neighbor’s roof.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2014 11:10:33 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

New radio upgrades could soon be coming to Sullivan County

Sullivan County may soon take on a multimillion dollar project, a project that some say is vital to the emergency crews in the county. The sound of radio communications can be heard in the fire department, EMS or police station. It's how emergency crews talk to one another, but leaders in Sullivan County say the county’s system is outdated and in dire need of replacement.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Columbia Movie Theater Damaged By Fire

A movie theater in Columbia was damaged by fire early Monday morning. A police office on patrol noticed the fire on the roof of Shady Brook Cinemas on Shady Brook Street and called it in around 5:30 a.m. Firefighters arrived and were able to extinguish the fire on the roof quickly. The roof suffered damage over an unused auditorium that was in the process of being replaced, according to their Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2014 3:50:43 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Nashville: Crews Battle Large Grass Fire Near Edwin Warner Park

The large grass fire reported near Edwin Warner Park has been extinguished. The fire was reported Monday afternoon across the street from the Warner Parks, at the intersection of Highway 100 and Harpeth Trace in Nashville. Crews said about 10 to 12 units responded to the blaze. Officials on the scene said the blaze was likely sparked by the friction from a passing train.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2014 3:35:24 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Two Franklin Firefighters Promoted to Engineer Rank

Veteran Franklin Firefighters Kyle Bess and Dale Lott have been promoted to the rank of engineer, where they are now responsible for driving and operating fire apparatus. A Franklin native and BGA graduate, Kyle Bess got his start in firefighting 15 years ago as a way to pay for college at Auburn University.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2014 3:34:20 PM - SOURCE: Franklin, TN

Weekend blazes in Blount County keep firefighters busy

A structure fire completely destroyed an older residence in the 400 block of Bethel Church Road in Townsend, which was one of many fires that occurred in Blount County Saturday evening. According to Townsend Volunteer Fire Chief Don Stallions, firefighters were called to the scene at 6:20 p.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival, but the blaze was under control within 20 minutes, Stallions said.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2014 11:58:28 AM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Neighbor saves Knoxville family from house fire

Eight people were displaced Sunday after an early-morning house fire along Johnston Street in North Knoxville. The blaze started around 2:30 Sunday morning, while the family was sleeping. Captain D.J. Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department says because of the way it started, the smoke alarms never went off.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2014 8:00:58 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Interstate Wreck Sparks Fire, Injures Drivers and Jams Up Memphis Traffic

Five drivers are recovering from an interstate crash that’s to blame for a fire, sending at least one person to the hospital and jamming up traffic on a beautiful Sunday morning. Smoke poured out of a smashed car as firefighters beat it even more; making sure flames wouldn’t pop up and start an even bigger problem.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2014 2:08:07 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Employee severely burned in explosion at Kilgore Flares plant in Toone

Firefighters, police and other authorities responded to an explosion that happened about 10:50 a.m. today at the Kilgore plant in the Hardeman County town of Toone. One employee, Michael Chism, was injured in the explosion this morning. The employee suffered severe burns and was flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, said Don Taylor, Hardeman County Emergency Management Agency director.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2014 3:36:46 PM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Follow-up: Family of Lebanon couple killed in explosion 'grateful' for support

The elderly Lebanon couple killed in an explosion last week will be laid to rest Saturday. Jon Setzer, 74, died after a package exploded inside his home February 10. His wife Marion, 72, died of her injures two days later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Visitation was held at 9 a.m. at Nashville's First Church of the Nazarene with a memorial service at Noon.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2014 9:18:51 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Wilson County: Rehab 23 becomes refuge for first responders

Their mission is to support first responders from every agency in Wilson County. Since Rehab 23 started operating mid-summer 2013, the program's mobile unit and volunteers have been to dozens of emergency scenes across the county to provide first responders with such things as water, cool towels, nourishment and much more.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2014 1:21:41 PM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Man, dogs safely escape burning Knoxville home after wife's call awakens him

Fire investigators were trying to determine the cause of a Friday morning fire that drove a man and the family’s two dogs from a Northwest Knoxville home. Knoxville firefighters were alerted at 9:51 a.m. of smoke in the rancher-style home at 1714 Ambling Way off Wilson Road, according to Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2014 8:40:59 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Fire investigators: Erlanger Hospital patient sets sweatshirt on fire

A man was arrested for reportedly setting a sweatshirt on fire in his room at Erlanger Hospital. Firefighters responded to Erlanger just after midnight Friday morning on a reported fire. A staff nurse says she walked by Room 28 when he smelled smoke. He went into the room and saw the ceiling tiles above the patient's bed turning black.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2014 8:26:36 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Henry County Tire Business Fire Investigated As Arson

A Friday morning fire at a tire business in Henry County is being investigated as arson. It broke out around 1 a.m. at Smith Discount Tire Barn on Highway 79 North in Paris. The building was destroyed. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but investigators believe it was intentionally set.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2014 6:04:20 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Follow-up: Three Memphis firefighters sent to hospital for smoke inhalation after 'Mayday' calls

AUDIO: In chilling audio recorded during a distress call, a firefighter who lost his way inside a warehouse pleaded for help. One victim shouted "Mayday" multiple times. Three firefighters were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation after working a fire at the Memphis Kruger plant Saturday. Fire veterans sent Action News 5 their concerns that recent staffing and apparatus cuts contributed to the incident's dangerous conditions.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2014 4:47:28 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Erin fire truck crashes en route to fire

An Erin deputy fire chief escaped injury Wednesday afternoon after the fire truck he was driving crashed into a ditch en route to a house fire on Rocky Branch Road. Erin Fire Chief Danny Warren said trucks from the Erin Fire Department responded to a mutual aid call from the Houston County Fire Department just after 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2014 2:50:50 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Board passes pension changes

Tensions ran high Wednesday at a meeting between local police and firemen and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Board. For these men and women in uniform, it was one of their last chances to voice their concern about proposed changes to their pension. The board will vote first thing Thursday to either approve or disapprove changes put forth by Mayor Andy Berke's task force.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2014 12:03:47 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Teenager freed from wreckage by Murfreesboro firefighters

Firefighters from the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department responded to a one-car crash shortly Monday night at Oakleigh Drive and Sulphur Springs Road to find the 16-year-old driver trapped in the wreckage, MFRD announced in a press release. The crew from District 7 on Thompson Lane arrived on the scene shortly before 8 o’clock Monday night and discovered a car turned on its side in the ditch.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2014 11:07:50 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

James Chief Atchley, former Sevier County fire chief, recalled as dedicated volunteer

Sevier County lost one of its most dedicated volunteers last week when James “Chief” Atchley died. He was 86. Atchley was chief of the Sevierville Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years, and was a volunteer for 40 years before stepping down in 1993. Working with that department, he helped several other local community volunteer fire departments get started.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2014 2:01:58 AM - SOURCE: Sevierville Mountain Press

Chattanooga Mayor's pension reform plan faces more questions

Before the Fire and Police Pension Board votes Thursday whether to approve pension reform, officials will have to answer the latest barrage of questions on whether it's legal to alter officers' and firefighters' retirement. A group of retirees and some active employees who have publicly protested Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's reform at City Council and at pension board meetings has hired a Nashville law firm.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 11:16:01 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Firefighter's Fund donates $7,500 to West Hills fire station

The West Hills fire station is getting a $7,500 check to go toward new equipment and gear. The Fireman's Fund Insurance Company donated the check Tuesday evening. The fund, founded in 1863, helps widows and orphans of fallen firefighters. The money came from the Heritage Program which rolls profits from the company back to the community.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 7:41:41 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Families displaced by Nashville apartment fire

A Nashville firefighter was injured and several families were displaced by a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon at a north Nashville apartment complex. The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. at the Pointe Breeze Apartments off Lemont Drive, near Ellington Parkway. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes, but it caused heavy damage to 10 units.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 12:44:13 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Follow-up: Man Enters 'Not Guilty' Plea In Deadly Lebanon Explosion

The man accused of killing his in-laws with an explosive device in Lebanon last week has pleaded not guilty. Richard Parker, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, answered brief questions from the judge with "yes" and "no" during his arraignment in a Wilson County courtroom. He was appointed a public defender, who entered a plea of "not guilty" on his behalf.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 6:56:34 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Chattanooga: Elderly man dies after pajamas catch fire

Vanderbilt Medical Center staff confirms the 83-year-old man whose pajamas caught fire Monday morning died Tuesday. It happened around 7 Monday morning at the Vista Ridge Apartments off Card Road. Soddy Daisy Fire Chief Mike Guffey said Ralph Grissom told him that he was trying to keep warm at the stove when his pajamas caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 6:34:17 AM - SOURCE: wrcbtv.com

3 firefighters treated for smoke inhalation after Memphis fire

Memphis fire investigators are working to determine what caused a fire at Kruger Products K.T.G. (USA) Inc. Investigators say the fire at 400 Mahannah Avenue started around 11:30 Saturday night. When crews arrived, smoke could be seen pouring from the building. Crews got the fire under control around 1:30 Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wmctv.com

Memphis Fire Forces Senior Citizens Out Of High-Rise Building

Four people were injured, one critically, at a fire at Linden Camilla Towers Monday. Two people were rescued from the floor where the fire was, and others were treated for smoke inhalation. Fire alarms sounded at 4:30 Monday afternoon at the high-rise, which is filled with elderly residents. Seventy-six-year-old Robert King was in his sixth floor apartment when the alarm went off.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wreg.com

Emergency Response Questioned In Algood Woman's Death

Questions surrounding the death of a heart attack victim in Algood, Tennessee, have led to a state investigation and allegations of a cover-up. At issue is whether a first responder did all he could to save Dorothy Mullins' life. Her family has claimed that Deputy Fire Chief Lloyd Norris refused to do life saving CPR on Mullins because she was black.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2014 8:15:30 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Nashville firefighter fired after accusations of sex on duty

A Nashville Fire Department officer was fired this week after a disciplinary board found him guilty of having sex while on duty. Joel H. Mitchell, 28, was accused of having sex into at least two fire stations in the city, according to a complaint filed with Nashville Fire Department officials. Mitchell is expected to appeal his case to the Metro Civil Service Commission, said Mark Young, the president of the Nashville chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2014 5:01:28 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Fire at Bradley County home on Gold Point Drive

Despite a best effort by fire crews, a Cleveland family's home is being called a total loss. But there was one thing firefighters were able to salvage, pictures of the family's loved ones, memories that are now all they have. When Eric Johnson realized his grandmother's home was on fire, he says he went to work to save all the family history he could.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2014 5:38:49 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

After 34 years as a Franklin firefighter, Culberson moves to La Vergne department for more

After more than 50 years, the Culberson family firefighting tradition in Franklin is came to an end on Thursday, as Franklin Fire Deputy Chief Mike Culberson, son of the late Franklin Fire Chief Jesse Wallace “J.W.” Culberson, retired. Mike Culberson will become the Assistant Chief for the City of LaVergne Fire Department next week.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2014 3:45:20 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Update: Victims' son-in-law charged in deadly Lebanon explosion

The son-in-law of a Wilson County couple killed when a package exploded at their home has been charged in their deaths. Richard Parker, 49, was indicted Thursday on two counts each of first-degree murder and premeditated first-degree murder in the deaths of 74-year-old Jon Setzer and 72-year-old Marion Setzer.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2014 2:50:09 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Chattanooga firefighters forced to walk to late night fire

Firefighters were forced to a late house fire in Chattanooga Wednesday. Crews responded to the 500 block of Semi Circle Drive around 11 p.m.; however, the truck could not make it up an icy hill, so firefighters grabbed portable water and dry powder extinguishers off the truck and walked to the house.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2014 7:48:32 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Dyersburg firefighters train in frigid weather

Dyersburg's bravest endured freezing temperatures on Monday as they performed live-scenario training on a burning building. Pictured here are B-shift firefighters from stations Nos. 2 and 3.The training took place at the now-condemned Courtland Square Apartments on South Main Street in Dyersburg. Fire crews from each of the city's fire stations participated in the exercise that involved forced entry into a burning building and rescue scenarios.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2014 3:00:28 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Update: Notes, papers found near mail bomb that killed Tennessee lawyer, wife

Investigators probing the mail bomb that killed a retired lawyer at his Tennessee home Monday — and his wife days later — may have found a clue amid the debris: notes and papers that may have been attached to the bomb. Jon Setzer, 74, was killed after retrieving a package from the mailbox at his Lebanon home in a rural cul-de-sac and his 72-year-old wife, Marion, died late Wednesday from injuries she suffered in the blast, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: foxnews.com

New Audio Reveals Shortage Problems At Memphis Fire Department

A Memphis firefighter calling for backup is told to wait, it'll be a while. Local 24 News has the radio call that some say shows how cuts at the Memphis Fire Department are already cutting too deep and putting lives and property in jeopardy. The audio came from the scene of a blaze in South Memphis three weeks ago.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2014 10:38:34 PM - SOURCE: Local Memphis

Family escapes Luzon Cove fire in Southwest Memphis

A family escaped injury after their house on Luzon Cove in Southwest Memphis caught fire Wednesday evening, Memphis Fire spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said. The fire was first reported just before 9 p.m. and was contained abut an hour later, Lt. Cooke said. Fire officials are looking into a cause of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2014 9:46:32 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Firefighter injured battling house fire in Madison

A Nashville firefighter was injured while battling a house fire Wednesday afternoon in Madison. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. in the 2500 block of Allenwood Drive. One firefighter was transported to a Nashville hospital for treatment of minor burns, according to a department spokesperson. Five residents were displaced by the fire, and the American Red Cross is working to find them temporary housing.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2014 2:25:40 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire Damages Franklin Insurance Office

An insurance company in Franklin will be closed Wednesday after flames tore through the office overnight. Firefighters said heavy smoke was billowing out of a second floor window at the A2Z Insurance Company on Holiday Court when they got there around midnight. A passerby had noticed the smoke and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2014 5:33:19 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Pegram fire: Fire chief assesses response

Reflecting on the events of Feb. 1, Pegram fire chief Brent Stuart is still moved by the enormity of the fire that destroyed the Pegram Valu Plus Supermarket on Highway 70. “In 22 years with the Pegram Fire Department, I have not seen anything to this magnitude concerning a commercial structure fire on the south end of the county,” Stuart said.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2014 12:36:07 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Follow-up: Officials Seek Evidence At Site Of Deadly Wilson County Explosion

Authorities investigating a deadly explosion at a Wilson County home continue searching the site for evidence. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said an unknown package containing an explosive was delivered to the home on Vance Lane in Lebanon, where it exploded around 5 p.m. Monday. Authorities said 74-year-old Jon Setzer was killed, and 72-year-old Marion Setzer was critically injured and taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: newschannel5.com

New Madison County Firefighters Complete Training, Graduate

As of Tuesday night there are nine new firefighters in Madison County. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff was there as the new Madison County volunteer firefighters graduated, each completing more than 60 hours of training. Dozens of family and friends were there to see the men receive their badges and certificates.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2014 9:53:42 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

1 killed, another injured in Lebanon explosion

One person has been killed and another was seriously hurt after an explosion at a Wilson County home. Law enforcement sources tell Channel 4 News a package exploded outside a home in the 500 block of Vance Lane, near Hartsville Pike, in Lebanon. The Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and Wilson County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2014 4:54:51 AM - SOURCE: WSMV.com

Family of 6 escapes South Knoxville house fire

Three adults and three children are without a home after their South Knoxville house went up in flames Tuesday morning. The Knoxville Fire Department says the blaze happened around 2 a.m. at a single-story house located on the 4300 block of Woodlawn Pike. Officials say neighbors called in the fire after seeing flames shooting from the house.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2014 12:30:52 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Bradley County EMS Launches First Response Program

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service recently started a first response program at the Bradley County Fire and Rescue Service. Stan Clark, EMS spokesman, said, "Firefighters are now trained and certified as first responders. There are also emergency medical technicians in the mix as well. Most medical calls for service and auto accidents within the county will have one or more fire engines responding with the ambulance service.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2014 4:39:13 PM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Cookeville firefighters sign display for new Dollywood ride

Firefighters gathered at the Cookeville Fire Department this past Thursday to sign a commemorative fire hose that will become a permanent fixture at the new Dollywood FireChaser Express coaster opening next month. The event was hosted by Dollywood for the FireChaser Express Heroes Tour that began in October and is making stops at various fire stations throughout the state to collect signatures for the display.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2014 3:27:21 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Unicoi County pair accused of stealing vehicle, setting it on fire

Two people face charges in Unicoi County, Tennessee in connection with the theft and arson of a vehicle The Unicoi County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Josh Garland and a juvenile stole a vehicle when theirs got stuck in the mud in the Bailey Hollow area of the county on Sunday, February 9. Deputies say the pair took a four-wheel drive vehicle using keys left in the igition from Harris Street.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2014 11:26:35 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

9 displaced in Maryville apartment fire

An overnight apartment fire displaced nine residents and killed two family pets in Blount County on Monday. The blaze broke out around 2:30 a.m. on the 1800 block of Elkmont Circle. Firefighters on scene told 6 News the flames started in a bottom apartment and spread to the top of the building. The fire scorched multiple apartments, displacing nine people.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2014 5:59:03 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Program gets medical info to first-responders

Collecting vital information about vehicle accident victims may be just a matter of recognizing a round yellow sticker thanks to a new program designed to inform emergency workers quickly and more efficiently. The Maury County Fire Department is now one of the agencies participating in the Tennessee Yellow DOT Program, an initiative that informs paramedics a vehicle’s occupant is storing medical information inside.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Herald

City of Spring Hill seeks company to repair fire stations

Damage created by mold and a burst pipe has left the city of Spring Hill seeking repairs to two fire stations. Bids were due Thursday for repairs to the ceilings of Fire Station No. 1 at 440 Beechcroft Road and Fire Station No. 3 at 4000 Campbell Station Parkway. Acting Fire Chief Brian Garza said the winter weather has brought unique problems to his department.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2014 7:59:14 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Teen Dies In Jackson Duplex Fire

Authorities in Jackson are investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy in a fire. The Jackson Police Department said firefighters were called to a duplex late Friday. Firefighters battled the blaze and brought Tyrone Sterling Jr. out of the duplex. The teen was taken to a hospital, where he died. The Madison County Medical Examiner's Office determined the preliminary cause of death was smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2014 5:07:43 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

North Knox County condos suffer damage in blaze

Several condo units appeared to suffer fire or smoke damage at a North Knox County development Friday morning after a blaze broke out on Shallow Cove Way, according to Rural/Metro Fire Department. The fire broke out in one unit of the four-unit development near East Emory Road and then spread to a condo next to it, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rick Herrell.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2014 6:09:06 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Video: Firefighters beat back flames at Smyrna Ready Mix

The fire is out at Smyrna Ready Mix, general manager Jeff Hollingshead told a Daily News Journal reporter on the scene there this evening. Heavy smoke still filled the air around the business at 5:15 p.m. today. About 25 of the 150 employees of the business were at the shop on Hickory Grove Road when the fire broke out, Hollingshead said, adding that no one was injured and the employees evacuated the building in good time.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2014 7:35:45 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Horse rescued from pool in Goodlettsville

A horse has been rescued after falling into a pool in Goodlettsville. The horse got out of its fence sometime overnight on the 1900 block of Baker Road and got into a neighbor's yard. Goodlettsville Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Becknal says the horse stepped onto the pool cover and fell in. After it fell in, the horse stuck its head through the tear in the cover.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2014 7:43:23 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire Damages Lumber Yard In Perry County

Fire seriously damaged a lumber yard in Perry County on Friday morning. Officials said the blaze broke out around 3:35 a.m. at Graham Lumber Company at 1958 U.S. 412. Firefighters were able to contain the fire, but part of a building collapsed. Firefighters remained on scene putting out hot spots Friday morning.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2014 5:58:35 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

3 Displaced After Fire Destroys Sumner County Home

A Sumner County family was left without a home after it was destroyed by fire overnight. The fire initially broke out just after midnight at the home on Highway 52 East in Portland, and rekindled shortly before 4:45 a.m. Friday. Firefighters said three people inside the home were able to make it out without serious injuries.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2014 5:58:28 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Firefighter injured while battling Nashville blaze

A firefighter was injured while battling a trailer fire on Reynolds Road off of Couchville Pike, an emergency dispatcher said. An ambulance was en route to the scene at about 6 a.m., the dispatcher said. She added that the firefighter might not need to go to the hospital. Nashville’s fire department did not immediately return calls seeking details about the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2014 5:00:25 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Photos: Dyersburg firefighters douse flames at preschool in winter rain

Dyersburg firefighters extinguished a fire at Honey Bee Preschool at 2380 Upper Finley Road on Tuesday evening. Fire and police units responded to the blaze around 6 p.m. The fire was visible in the rear of the building. Fire crews working in a steady downpour of rain, doused the flames in the back and entered the front door with water hoses.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2014 2:00:29 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

First Responders Fight for Pension Fund

Commotion at city council Tuesday. People packed the chambers of Chattanooga City Hall, fighting for their right to get money they say, they earned. City firefighters and police officers showed up - signs in hand - protesting the newly proposed pension fund. The overhaul cuts some retirement benefits, including a large chunk of money for some.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2014 9:31:37 AM - SOURCE: WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Memphis Police, Fire Personnel Stretched Thin, Directors Say

Staffing levels in the Memphis Police Department (MPD) and Memphis Fire Department (MFD) are running at or below minimum levels as the departments work six months into this year’s city budget, which came with some big cuts to public safety. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson told a Memphis City Council committee Tuesday that they are meeting their pubic safety goals, but their personnel is stretched thin and can’t be stretched much further.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2014 1:56:23 AM - SOURCE: Memphis Flyer

NTSB combs Bellevue plane crash scene

Investigators raced against the weather Tuesday, combing through a charred twin-engine Gulfstream Commander in the rain, searching for reasons behind the crash that killed four members of a prominent Kansas beef industry family. With each downpour washing away potentially crucial evidence, National Transportation Safety Board workers scrambled to find GPS and recording devices as a backhoe loaded debris onto a flatbed truck.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2014 11:25:00 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Nashville Fire Department Battles Number Of Rekindles

It's not something any fire department wants to do-- return to the scene to put out the same fire. It's called a rekindle, and the Nashville Fire Department has had a number of them already this year. Fire departments don't want rekindles to happen, because when they do it not only suggests poor performance, but it can be dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2014 5:03:27 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Fire Won't Halt Future Sale of Knoxville Warehouses

Knoxville's Community Development Corporation was talking with potential bidders looking to price how much it would cost to stabilize the McClung warehouses two days before the buildings caught fire again Saturday, online records show. In fact, those potential bidders were scheduled to tour the site Monday before a blaze lit up the pre-dawn skyline on Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Four killed in Bellevue plane crash

A small twin-propeller plane slammed into the ground Monday afternoon, killing four on board just yards from where children played and swam at a busy YMCA in Bellevue. “I was with the kids. They were swimming. I was down on the benches watching them swim,” said Chastity Mitchell, who lives in Bellevue.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2014 5:14:14 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

New Clarksville firefighters experience extreme heat of house fire

The newest members of the Clarksville Fire Department experienced the real and intense heat of a house fire in a live-burn training scenario at the main fire station Friday afternoon. The five new firefighters had to manage the extreme heat of a house fire that exceeded one-thousand degrees, while they trained to extinguish the controlled blaze in the fire department’s burn building.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2014 11:25:01 AM - SOURCE: WCVQ-FM Q108

Vote on Chattanooga police and firefighter pension changes delayed

Days before Thursday's expected vote on Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's reforms to the police and firefighter retirement plan, board members said the vote will be postponed. The actuaries calculating whether the proposed pension changes will save the city $4 million to $5 million a year and significantly reduce the city's unfunded liability haven't completed their estimates, Fire and Police Pension Fund President Chris Willmore said Friday.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2014 11:03:38 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Spring Hill to restore Fire Belle fire truck

Residents and business owners of Spring Hill have taken it upon themselves to restore a faithful servant of the city: a 1957 firetruck that served as Spring Hill’s only fire apparatus for years. The inaugural meeting of “Project Fire Belle” took place at city hall earlier this month, according to coordinator Judge Blair Morgan.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2014 8:15:01 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Most evacuees return home after Gatlinburg explosion; investigation continues

The 35 people evacuated from their condos have safely returned home after an explosion, while three others are recovering at nearby hospitals. The blast happened at Tree Tops Condos around 7:15 Saturday night. Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said, "Right now we're performing the investigation to determine where along the gas line that the breach may have occurred to release the gas.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2014 3:43:48 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Downtown Nashville fire station renamed for longest-serving firefighter

Bobby Connelly put out fires in Nashville for 53 years, moving up from a firefighter and engineer to a captain and ultimately district chief. Now, the city’s busiest fire station bears his name. In a ceremony Saturday morning, Metro officials renamed Station 9 on Second Ave. south of downtown the Bobby Connelly Station.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2014 4:58:44 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Fighting Mold at Catoosa County Fire Station 3

Firefighters in Catoosa County were getting sick because of conditions inside one station. Catoosa County Manager Mike Helton told us the first air quality complaint happened about the 10th of this month. And they thought they had the problem pinpointed and fixed, but then more employees come forward with health problems.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2014 3:37:48 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

3 Memphis firefighters hurt at scene of apartment fire

Three Memphis firefighters were injured when fire crews were called to an apartment fire in the 3300 block of Sarabee Lane on Friday morning. The fire call came in around 8:30 a.m. at apartments near Lamar Avenue and New Getwell Road. When fire crews arrived they saw smoke. Two firefighters were being treated at the scene and did not go to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2014 7:51:15 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

2 dead after fire demolishes home in Hickman County

Two people, believed to be an elderly couple in their 80s, died when their house caught fire early Friday morning in Hickman County. The blaze broke out between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.at the home located in the 5000 block of Dodd Hollow Road in Nunnelly, about 15 minutes north of Centerville. The intense flames fully engulfed the house and caused the roof to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2014 7:49:24 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Car wash fire in Chattanooga caused by heater

A Chattanooga car wash caught on fire this morning after a heater was placed too close to the cloth wraps that spin around to wash vehicles, according to a news release. The fire began shortly before 7 a.m. at Swifty Express Car Wash located at 4907 Highway 58. Though the flames reached into the attic, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in less than 15 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2014 7:43:40 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Cat saved from Sevier County house fire

Crews saved a cat from a house fire in Sevier County early Friday morning. Firefighters responded to the single-story home located on the 1400 block of Boyds Creek Highway around 4:45 a.m. Officials told 6 News the fire broke through the roof of the house near the chimney. Part of Boyds Creek Highway was shutdown as crews extinguished the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2014 5:44:27 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Expelled Jackson High School Student Charged with School Arson

A former student accused of starting a fire at a Jackson high school faced a judge on Thursday. A judge formally charged Malik Batchelor, 18, with aggravated arson and three counts of harassment. Jackson police say Batchelor threatened to kill administrators at Liberty Tech Magnet High School. “I think that what he said really put the administration on edge,” Captain Tyreece Miller with the Jackson Police Department said.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2014 3:45:02 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Jackson apartment fire stirs painful memories

Deneen Newbill lost her home and her possessions in this week’s fire at Guardian Courts Apartments. But she knows it could have been much worse. “This has been the third fire I’ve been in. The first one was in Cleveland, I was almost 5 and my little sister died in that one,” Newbill said. “My son, who’s 21 now, was in junior high when the second fire happened.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2014 5:29:03 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Former teen firefighters work way up the Franklin Fire Department ranks

Tyler Crews, Michael Pardue and Matt Stout all started their firefighting careers as teenagers, volunteering for their hometown departments. More recently, the veteran Franklin Firefighters have new supervisory roles and responsibilities after recent promotions. Crews and Pardue have been promoted to the rank of captain, and Stout has been promoted to lieutenant.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2014 8:31:13 PM - SOURCE: Franklin's Online Newspaper

Memphis Man Attacks Girlfriend, Sets Her Clothes On Fire

A man is accused of attacking his girlfriend, setting her clothes on fire, and fighting with police. Cory Dorse’s girlfriend called 9-1-1 after she says he shoved her and punched her for trying to leave the house. When officers arrived, they noticed smoke coming from a bedroom. Investigators say Dorse knocked over a TV while trying to run from them.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2014 7:39:57 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Crews battle fire at Graymere Apartments in Columbia

One woman was taken away by ambulance following a fire that broke out in an upstairs unit of Graymere Apartments on Union Place in Columbia this morning, and firefighters continue to pour water on the building to ensure that flames do not spread to other apartments. A Daily Herald reporter on the scene said that as of 9 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2014 7:22:41 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Fire Destroys Williamson County Home

Fire destroyed a historic Williamson County home early Wednesday morning. The fire burned for hours after it broke out at the 8,000 square foot home on Old Natchez Trace in Franklin. The couple who lives there woke up around midnight and smelled smoke. Emergency and fire crews responded, but had a tough time getting water due to a long driveway lined with trees.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2014 6:46:54 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Dyer County: Fire chief gives burn warning; committee OKs bid for fire trucks

The Fire Committee held its first meeting of 2014 as it unanimously approved a bid to Emergency Vehicle Specialists based in Memphis in the amount of $48,447.94 to purchase two skid units for trucks that are set aside for the Bonicord and Lenox fire departments. The skid unit is to be fitted onto trucks that were recently purchased in order to replace aging brush trucks for the two volunteer fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2014 3:29:39 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Fire Marshal Urges Building Owners to Protect Sprinkler Systems

With frigid weathers covering much of the state, the Tennessee Fire Marshal is urging building owners to take action to prevent freeze-ups of fire protection systems. "While designers and installers of sprinkler systems take into account the variety of seasonal temperatures during installation, normal precautions should be taken to keep both the building and fire sprinkler system warm," said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2014 10:39:09 AM - SOURCE: WKIM-FM 98.9 Memphis

Firefighters Battle Millington Barn Fire

A grass fire burned nearly 30 acres of land in Millington early Monday morning. The fire started sometime overnight in the 3600 block of Charles Bartlett in Millington. Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department said the fire started as a grass fire but spread to a hay barn because of the high winds.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2014 8:58:51 AM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

DeKalb County: Early Morning Fire Destroys Mobile Home

(VIDEO) A fire this morning (Tuesday) at a mobile home on Toad Road has left a family homeless. Central dispatch received the call at 3:14 a.m. of a fire in a trailer park. The initial call to 911 was that children may still be inside the structure, but a few minutes later it was reported that everyone inside got out.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2014 3:06:36 AM - SOURCE: WJLE 1480-AM & 101.7-FM

Trailblazing Columbia firefighter is set to retire

In the late 1980’s Cindy Brunson was looking for a job that wouldn’t have her sitting down for most of the day. When she saw an ad in the local Columbia, Tennessee newspaper for a firefighter she thought that sounded interesting. On January 29, exactly 24 years to the day since joining the Columbia Fire Department, Captain Cindy Brunson is hanging up her fire coat and helmet and retiring.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Bright

Elderly Man Dies in Union City House Fire, Police Officers Tried to Save Him

Union City Police Officers are investigating a house fire that killed a disabled elderly veteran, Sunday. Officers said the death of Marcus Sasser, 65, is a heartbreaking loss for the community and two officers who risked their lives over and over to try and reach him through the flames and smoke. Union City police officers were the first to respond to burning home in the 1000 block of High Street in Union City after neighbors called for help.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2014 9:39:53 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Firefighters expect flames inside Chattahoochee forest to die out

Frrefighters expect the flames inside the Chattahoochee National Forest to die tonight. Mitch Cohen, a spokesman for the forest, said members of the U.S. Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission and Chattooga County Volunteer Fire Department contained the fire to 47 acres this morning. They believe rain will wash out what is left later in the afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2014 11:42:04 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Pigeon Forge wildfire prompts evacuations

(VIDEO) More than 100 people battled wind and flames, as a wildfire burned across 50 acres in Sevier County. The fire started near Walker Trail in Pigeon Forge around 2 p.m. Sunday. Pigeon Forge Fire Department Chief Tony Watson says about a dozen homes were threatened. "It grew very rapidly. That wind blowing very very rapidly and gusting huge amounts like that, we had our hands full right away," Watson said.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2014 3:51:38 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Tennessee Issues Proclamation for Campus Fire Safety Month

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proclamation recognizing September as Campus Fire Safety Month. Tennessee is the fourth state in 2014 to issue a proclamation, joining Illinois, Wisconsin and Georgia. Now in its 10th year, the Campus Fire Safety Month campaign has had 268 proclamations issued plus resolutions in the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Engineering

Police investigate two suspicious Clarksville fires as potential arson

Clarksville police are investigating two suspicious fires as potential arsons. A home on Richardson Street and a business on Greenfield Drive went up in flames Sunday morning just minutes apart. Alicia Moore said the fire Sunday morning took more than her house. It took away her ministry. "There's a lot of need in that area," she said about her Clarksville community.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2014 9:08:01 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Shelby County firefighters and top brass differ on promotions, training

Shelby County firefighters say they are not opposed to higher standards, but question why those who have met them haven't been recognized. Meanwhile, Shelby County Fire Department officials say the standards for promotion are going up again and until then, advances for firefighters will remain on hold.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2014 3:40:00 PM - SOURCE: insurancenewsnet.com

Memphis Fire Department: Brownouts Gamble With Lives As Fires Burn In Memphis

With an increase in fires, the Memphis Fire Department says its ability to protect you is in jeopardy. In some cases, they simply don’t have the manpower to get to a fire as fast as they could. This, with even more fires expected next week as the temperature drops. Because of budget cuts last year, Memphis Fire had to get rid of nearly 100 jobs through attrition.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2014 3:47:48 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Nashville firefighter loses battle with cancer

A Nashville firefighter and veteran was laid to rest Friday following a brief battle with cancer. Michael Malone, known to most as Mikey, was diagnosed with late-stage cancer over the summer. He died Monday. Friends who knew the 36-year-old said he served as a reminder to be thankful to those who sacrifice for our country's freedom and the public's safety.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2014 1:44:49 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

North Knoxville home goes up in flames

A home went up in flames overnight on Atlantic Avenue in North Knoxville. Dispatch tells us the call came in around 2:20 a.m. We're told crews are still fighting the flames at the home in the 800 Block. Dispatch says the homeowner and a neighbor went to check on pet ducks outside because of the cold -- that's when they heard an alarm going off inside.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2014 4:25:33 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Rutherford County: Fire hydrant purchased by neighbors put to good use

A fire hydrant purchased by neighbors helped Rutherford County Fire Rescue firefighters combat fire inside a detached garage Wednesday on Orchard Park Drive, Fire Chief Larry Farley said in a news release. Firefighters responding from two stations found heavy brown smoke coming from the eves of the garage.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2014 2:48:32 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Shelby County Fire Chief Hangs up Helmet after 40 Years

Clarence Cash Jr. had no boyhood dreams of becoming a fireman. Cash joined the Shelby County Fire Department fully intending to eventually pursue a career in the medical field. But after 40 years, Cash will retire as the department's chief, leaving on Jan. 28, the first anniversary of his mother's death.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department crews respond to vehicle fire

Firefighters from Murfreesboro responded to a vehicle fire just before 3 p.m. Wednesday at a Huntington Drive home, Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department announced in a press release. “This could have gotten out of hand fast,” Shift Commander Daryl Alexander said. “Crews got the fire out quickly and were able to minimize damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2014 5:52:12 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Cocke County firefighters stay busy

It's been a busy few days for firefighters in Cocke county and one of the fires has been ruled suspicious. Firefighters say heating your home can be dangerous. The county's had 5 fire calls since the weekend. One fire near Newport was a result of a man trying to keep his chickens warm. Firefighters say a heat lamp knocked over and the fire spread from the chicken pin to his house.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2014 8:36:51 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Officials: Five Fires Strike Hardeman County in Three Days

Grand Junction firefighters say for the month of January they've seen six fires, five of them happening in just three days. One of them, they say, destroyed a home on Old Grand Junction Rd. after 4:00 A.M., Tuesday. Jimmy Harris, who lives next door, says his wife spotted the flames. "She run in the house hollering fire, fire, fire, I thought my house was on fire," Harris said.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2014 4:40:02 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Bartlett Fire Sends Burned Woman And Firefighter To Hospital

Crews saved a woman inside a burning Bartlett house. She’s now recovering at the MED’s burn unit. Firefighters say one of their own also had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering smoke inhalation. Tuesday morning, a burned mattress and blanket still sat in in the front of the house on Broadway Ave.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2014 3:28:59 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Follow-up: Father, grandparents remember young family killed in Gates house fire

Two families say they are heartbroken after three young sisters and their mother were killed in a house fire in Gates, Tennessee over the weekend. Amanda Springer, 26, and her three daughters, Abby Rose, 5, and 4-year-old twins, Peyton and Jordan Rose, were killed when fire destroyed their rental home, which did not have smoke detectors.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2014 1:50:26 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Memphis: Fire Union Says Lack Of Ladder Trucks Has Deadly Consequences

A warning for anyone who lives, works or visits downtown Memphis. If there's a fire, the head of Memphis' fire union says your safety is in jeopardy. The problem-there aren’t any ladder trucks downtown. National safety standards recommend four ladder trucks respond to any fire. Downtown used to have three ladder trucks stationed downtown.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2014 1:47:31 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Woman killed in East Nashville house fire

(VIDEO) A fire that killed a woman in East Nashville Monday night has rekindled. Someone dropping off a neighbor saw the flames on the 2500 block of Carter Avenue and called it in around 10 p.m. By the time fire crews got to the scene, flames were shooting through the windows. "We pulled in, and then there were just flames shooting everywhere out of the front window.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2014 7:59:49 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Blaze Destroys McNairy County Family Home While Student Is Away on College Trip

A family of four in McNairy county is struggling to salvage anything left from a massive fire that destroyed their home. Firefighters say they got the call before 10:00 P.M. Sunday. Family friend Anna Wheeler said, "It's not gonna be the same." The owners say they were inside when the fire started but their two daughters were away from home.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2014 4:45:01 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Mother Says Rumors On Social Media About Deadly Gates Fire Are Causing More Pain

(VIDEO) A mother already grieving over losing her daughter and three granddaughters in a house fire says rumors being spread on social media are only adding to her pain. Amanda Springer, her 4-year-old twin girls, and her 5-year-old daughter were killed in a fire Saturday morning at their home in Gates, Tenn.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2014 4:39:20 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Apartment Fire Displaces Three Residents in Rutherford County

Three residents have been displaced after an early morning apartment fire in Rutherford County. Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department said the fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Saturday at one unit of the Northfield Commons apartment complex, located on Willowbrook Drive in Murfreesboro.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2014 5:14:47 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Follow-up: Knoxville firefighter released from hospital after suffering heart attack

A welcome home celebration was held Friday for a Knoxville firefighter who suffered a heart attack on the job. Captain Mark Lacey, 47, was among several firefighters battling a house fire on New Year's Eve when he suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized until Friday. It was the moment Knoxville firefighters were waiting for when Captain Lacey was discharged from the hospital after spending the last 18 days getting better.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2014 2:17:53 AM - SOURCE: WATE

Follow-up: Sheriffs department investigating suspicious Roan Mountain fire

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fire officials say started under “suspicious” circumstances after an empty house in Roan Mountain “erupted in flames” in near-freezing temperatures. On Wednesday afternoon, between 4:30 and 5:30, firefighters worked to contain a fire that ravaged the interior of the house at 1630 Highway 143.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2014 7:39:23 AM - SOURCE: Elizabethton Star

Family Displaced After Fire Damages North Nashville Apartment

A family was displaced after a late night fire at a north Nashville apartment complex. Flames broke out in the kitchen of an upstairs unit at the Haynes Garden Apartment on Whites Creek Pike around 11:30 p.m. Metro Police were already in the complex and called in the Nashville Fire Department. The chief said crews responded in one minute, with their station being less than a block away.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2014 5:14:28 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Franklin Fire Department presents awards, promotions, and welcomes new firefighters into ranks

The accomplishments and promotions of Franklin firefighters in 2012 and 2013 were recognized and the graduation of recent firefighter recruits was celebrated during the Franklin Fire Department’s Awards and Badge Pinning Ceremony held Jan. 9 at Franklin Theatre. More than 200 firefighters, their family members and friends attended the event, which was led by Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2014 3:26:36 AM - SOURCE: Williamson Herald

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department needs more volunteers

Does Tennessee live up to it's name as the volunteer state? New numbers say no. We're ranked 37th in the nation when it comes to volunteer services. The Seymour Volunteer Fire department needs more help. So much so they've started a recruiting campaign at universities and on TV. A fire station running commercials? That's right.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2014 2:46:19 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

2-story home damaged, pets killed in Columbia fire

While the residents are safe after a duplex caught fire in Columbia early Thursday morning, several pets died in the blaze. Firefighters arrived at 1 a.m. to heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story building in the 1600 block of Highland Avenue. Crews began attacking the fire on the first floor and conducting a sweep of the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2014 6:50:14 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Chattanooga Firefighters Battle Morning Motel Fire

Chattanooga firefighters respond to an early morning motel fire. The blaze broke out at the Country Hearth Inn and Suites on East 20th Street. Firefighters responded during the 2:00 o'clock hour and quickly contained the fire to one room on the top floor. The woman staying in the room told firefighters she woke up when she smelled smoke.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2014 3:44:49 AM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Sevier County police officers and firefighters match lumberjack skills

Members of local police and fire departments will square off Jan. 27 in a charitable lumberjacking competition, Climbing for Hope. The event benefits Mountain Hope Good Shephard Clinic and will be hosted by Lumberjack Feud. In addition to the main event, prizes will be awarded in a baking contest in three different categories, novice, professional and a children's division.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2014 1:56:26 AM - SOURCE: Sevierville Mountain Press

Murfreesboro may add assistant fire chief

The City Council will consider creating and funding a new post of assistant fire chief over medical services and restructuring the fire marshal position. Fire Chief Cumbey Gaines recommends that the council modify its budget by funding the new assistant chief position using $21,000 in Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department savings to start the last few months of a fiscal year that ends June 30 and accept the new job description for the fire marshal.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2014 4:42:14 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Cleveland Fire Department plans for city's growth

The Cleveland Fire Department needs to grow if it is going to meet the needs of an expanding city, Fire Chief Steven Haun said in a recent presentation to the Cleveland City Council. "If we don't continue to grow our services, we're going to outgrow ourselves," he said. Haun proposed ultimately increasing the department's number of fire stations from five to seven and replacing its oldest station with a larger and more modern facility.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2014 12:04:49 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Memphis Boosts Number of Black Paramedics

A few years ago, Kendrick Johnson had a conversation with his girlfriend: If he wanted to keep his job with the Memphis Fire Department, he had to enter an intense training program to become a paramedic. He recalls telling her that if they were going to stay together, she would have to understand. "I put my life on hold for about 16 months," the 31-year-old said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Debate Over Memphis Fire Department Brownouts Continues

New information about the Memphis Fire Department's "brownout" policy. That is the policy that shuts down fire trucks and keeps firefighters off the job in order to save money. Councilwoman Janis Fullilove says she wants the city council to put the money needed into the Memphis Fire Department to stop the brownouts.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2014 5:21:13 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Fire causes center of Rutherford County mobile home to cave in

Fire caused heavy damage to a mobile home about 4:15 p.m. Monday on Old Woodbury Highway, said Chief Larry Farley of Rutherford County Fire Rescue. Firefighters from Rutherford County Fire Rescue and Kittrell and Lascassas Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the home where they found light smoke coming from the residence, he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2014 7:47:43 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

4 Displaced By Small Fire At East Nashville Home

A family of four was displaced after their east Nashville home was damaged by fire early Tuesday morning. The blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. at the home on Lischey Avenue in the Trinity Hills area. Firefighters said the fire was small, but the home was damaged enough to put four people out of the home at least for the night.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2014 5:32:07 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Red Bank arson-homicide case sent to grand jury

An investigation into the alleged arson-related death of a 51-year-old Red Bank man has shown at least three areas of an apartment complex showed signs of gasoline used in the fire. Three clothing items from the man charged in the crime also tested positive for traces of gasoline, according to testimony in a Monday night preliminary hearing.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2014 12:41:00 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Paulette firefighters defend new financial policy

Paulette volunteer firefighters are defending a new method of staying afloat financially. Fire Chief Daniel Rice spoke at Monday night's Union County commission meeting about their new membership fee system. Commissioners called Rice up to discuss this new system. He said it is a membership fee of $75 a year for residents, and $150 a year per commercial building.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2014 10:35:35 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Two Dead After Memphis Apartment Fire

The Memphis Fire Department spent Saturday morning responding to an apartment fire in Southeast Memphis. It happened at 3470 Wingood Circle just after 4 a.m. Once on the scene, firefighters found two men inside the apartment. The men were taken to Delta Medical Center in critical condition where they later died.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: localmemphis.com

Jackson Firefighter Loses Home to Chester County Blaze

A Jackson firefighter who lives in Chester County is now homeless after losing his house to a late night blaze. A fireman losing their home to the very thing they fight every day may sound strange but Mike Bullman says it's a grave reality. "You know, fire don't discriminate against nobody, it don't matter who you are, you know it can get you," Bullman said.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2014 8:49:28 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Rural Metro firetruck veers off Knox County road after trying to avoid a truck

A Rural Metro fire engine veered off the road and hit some trees Sunday in Knox County while trying to avoid another vehicle. The accident occurred in the 6400 block of Maloneyville Road, near the intersection with Ridgeview Road. A Rural Metro Battalion Chief told WBIR the firetruck hit a couple of trees after it ran off the road to avoid a large truck.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2014 1:36:04 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

How Chattanooga police and firefighters pension pact was reached

After months of debate over where to cut the pensions of Chattanooga police and firefighters, union leaders and officials arrived at Wednesday morning's negotiations prepared for the worst. It was day two of face-to-face meetings with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Pension Task Force. Union leaders and the rank and file had seen the turmoil the talks had already created.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2014 7:45:01 AM - SOURCE: Times Free Press

Columbia's first, only female firefighter to retire

As a captain with the Columbia Fire Department, Cindy Brunson has battled her share of blazes. Now the department is trying to figure out how to replace someone who has blazed a fairly large trail herself. Brunson will retire from the fire department on Jan. 29. Exactly 24 years to the day she made history as the first woman ever to be hired as a firefighter by the CFD.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2014 8:28:55 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Four Memphis firetrucks taken off the street in 'brown out'

Firetrucks were taken out of service Friday as part of a Memphis Fire Department brown out, which is an effort to cut down on overtime. Four Memphis firetrucks were taken off the streets for 24 hours. Many Memphians worry about the potential impact on public safety. "It might be we need those last four trucks.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2014 8:20:58 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

1 injured in fire at north Nashville mobile home

One person was injured in a fire at a mobile home in north Nashville on Friday morning. A family of five was inside the mobile home at 201 Gizzard Ave. in Holiday Mobile Village when the fire started. One of the family members has some minor burns but is expected to be OK. Crews on the scene say the fire is contained at this time.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2014 3:53:57 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire burns down Manchester's J&J Restaurant

Longtime Manchester eatery J&J Restaurant was destroyed Thursday afternoon when it caught fire and burned to the ground. Manchester Fire Department personnel responded to the restaurant at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday in what was originally paged as a grease fire. The fire quickly spread to the building though and, according to Manchester Fire Chief George DeShields, was “very hot.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2014 2:01:44 AM - SOURCE: Manchester Times

East Memphis vehicle fire shuts down I-240 traffic

A vehicle in the middle lanes of I-240 westbound between Poplar Avenue and Walnut Grove caught fire late Thursday evening, causing a nearly one hour shutdown of the section of expressway in East Memphis. The vehicle fire happened at 11:03 p.m., Memphis Fire watch commander told FOX13 News. Flames and smoke billowed into the night sky, all caught on Tennessee Department of Transportation's Smartmap cameras.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 10:43:27 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Fire damages home: No one injured in Maryville blaze

A Chilhowee View residence was damaged by fire at 11:35 a.m. Thursday at 3349 Pearly Anthony Road, Maryville. The fire apparently started at the chimney, said Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan. “A U.S. Postal carrier had a package to deliver to the home and noticed smoke and fire coming out the wrong side of the chimney,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 9:12:31 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Greenfield Teen Named Hero After Saving Elderly Woman in Fire

(VIDEO) A Greenfield teen is being called a hero after fire officials say the 18-year-old high school student saved an elderly woman's life during a house fire. "I usually don't go that way, but I happened to go that way when I seen smoke," explained Jason Fortner. "I said that's not right. I need to go back.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 4:44:19 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Clarksville firefighters to salute retired 'pioneer' of department

More than 15 years after retiring from the Clarksville Fire Department, Norman Long will ride on a fire truck one last time Saturday. The 77-year-old Clarksville man, a retired assistant chief, died Jan. 3. A full firefighters’ funeral will be held Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church followed by burial at Resthaven Memorial Garden.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 3:10:07 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Oak Ridge Fire Department wins top state honor

The state Fire Marshal’s Office has selected the Oak Ridge Fire Prevention Office as the state’s “Fire Educators of the Year,” officials said. Fire Chief Darryl Kerley nominated the office for the recognition. Gary West, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office, said the award recognizes “the tremendous education and outreach efforts” of the city’s fire department.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 8:50:07 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Mayor green-lights changes to Chattanooga fire and police pension benefits

Union leaders and other task force members reached an agreement this week on reforming pension benefits for Chattanooga firefighters and police officers. Mayor Andy Berke accepted the plan Thursday morning after months of private negotiations that have frustrated public safety employees in both departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 8:28:58 AM - SOURCE: Nooga.com

Southwest Memphis Man Dies After Falling Into Icy Lake

A Southwest Memphis man died, and his brother was injured Wednesday, after both fell through the ice and into a frigid Coro Lake. "Help them, was my first thought," said Daniel May. May was visiting family members who live on the lake when he saw all the commotion. "Never should have been on that ice like that," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2014 2:49:42 AM - SOURCE: localmemphis.com

Firefighter transported to hospital after Murfreesboro house fire

A firefighter was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries after battling a massive house fire in Murfreesboro Wednesday evening. The fire was reported around 5:45 p.m. in the 700 block of Greenland Drive. Upon their arrival, crews reported flames were shooting through the home's roof and windows.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2014 6:38:33 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Fatal house fire reported in Tullahoma

One person has died after a house fire Tuesday evening in Coffee County. The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Chadsworth Place in Tullahoma. When firefighters arrived, they found one person dead inside the home. The state fire marshal has been called to investigate, but other information has not yet been released.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2014 7:32:27 AM - SOURCE: nbcnews.com

Man Killed In Overnight House Fire In North Nashville

A 63-year-old man was killed in an overnight house fire in north Nashville. Crews found heavy smoke and flames when they got to the home on Cephas Street near Clay Street around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday. The flames were so intense that it was a challenge for firefighters already at a disadvantage working in the cold weather.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2014 5:25:25 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Frozen sprinkler pipes burst, flood buildings across Oak Ridge

Frozen sprinkler pipes burst and flooded buildings across Oak Ridge on Tuesday as a frigid arctic air mass lingered over parts of the central and eastern United States. Oak Ridge firefighters said it’s likely there will be more calls on Wednesday as temperatures rise and frozen pipes thaw. Late Tuesday afternoon, Oak Ridge Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley provided a list of buildings where frozen sprinkler systems had burst.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 4:46:43 PM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Chattanooga Firefighters Fight Fire And Freezing Temperatures

"Its still pretty much the same job," said Dan Bryan, a Senior Firefighter with the Chattanooga Fire Department. Bryan and others ran into cold weather troubles in the 1500 block of Taylor street when an abandoned duplex went up in flames "The problem we encountered was the hydrant was frozen," said Chris Adams, Deputy Fire Chief, "so we called for a tanker which carries 1500 gallons of water to respond to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 3:48:15 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Update: Memphis Firefighters Take Precautions In Dangerously Cold Temperatures

Memphis firefighters say the extremely cold temperatures are making an already dangerous job more difficult. Tuesday morning, a firefighter was taken to the hospital after he slipped on some ice at a fire scene in Whitehaven. A couple at the home on Craft Road escaped without serious injuries. Memphis firefighters say their mission is to protect people and property, but when it’s that cold outside, they also have to take precautions to protect themselves.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 12:41:41 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Nashville: Sprinkler causes water damage at Bailey's Pub and Grill

The Nashville Fire Department responded to a Lower Broadway restaurant early Tuesday morning. The fire alarm at Bailey's Pub and Grill on Lower Broadway sounded at 6:30 a.m. Responding firefighters found water pouring out underneath the front door. Firefighters made entry into the business and found the sprinkler head inside the door in front of the elevator had gone off.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 7:50:07 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Fire destroys Wilson county building

Fire destroyed a building just off Highway 231 in Wilson County overnight several miles from the Rutherford County line that officials believed was formerly used as a consignment store. Crews from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency arrived just before midnight with the fire fully involved, Director Joey Cooper said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 6:59:10 AM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Fire destroys Anderson Co. home, crews grapple with frigid temperatures

An Anderson County family lost their home to a fire early Tuesday morning. The Claxton Volunteer Fire Department says it happened in the 100 block of Tobby Hollow Lane just before 4 a.m., when temperatures were at their very coldest across the area. That deep freeze weather meant major issues for crews trying to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 5:00:57 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Memphis firefighter injured on scene of house fire

A Memphis firefighter injured his ankle, while called out to a fire in the 600 block of Craft Road. The fire began around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. A man and woman at home at the time of the fire, got out safely. Investigators believe a space heater may be to blame for starting the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2014 2:53:04 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Follow-up: Knoxville Fire Captain Recovering from Heart Attack

A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter is recovering after having a heart attack while fighting a residential house fire on New Year's Eve, officials said. Capt. Mark Lacey is doing reasonably well, according to University of Tennessee Medical Center doctors. According to a fire department news release, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit doctors have Lacey on a ventilator and feel optimistic that he will suffer no long-term neurological damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Fire Destroys North Nashville Home, Seven Displaced

Seven people are looking for a new place to stay after flames chased them out of their North Nashville home on Sunday morning. "Everything we own is in that house, everything. Why God did this have to happen on a Sunday?" said Brandon Jennings as he watched firefighter put out on spots on the house he rented.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2014 8:31:27 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Dog injured in Smyrna fire

A dog suffered minor burns in a fire Sunday morning after a shed the dog was in caught on fire, according to Smyrna Fire Chief Bill Culbertson. Culbertson said the fire on Highpoint Drive started from a heat lamp that was in the shed to keep the dog warm. While the shed burned, none of the houses near it were affected, Culbertson said.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2014 3:00:48 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Carroll County Fire Engulfs Car Service, Burns Cars

Anytime temperatures drop, firefighters warn about the dangers heat sources can bring. A Carroll County family sadly saw that first hand on Saturday. Tony Dill and his family are devastated. They lost their family business they have been building for the past five years. Dill's son, T.J., who works down the road, was almost speechless when he saw the damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2014 9:49:56 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Knoxville firefighters use old city bus to escape the cold

East Tennessee is expected to experience some of its coldest temperatures in almost two decades within the next week. Not everyone has the luxury of escaping the cold. The Knoxville Fire Department (KFD) is preparing for a couple of brutally cold days on the job. "Typically they're not out for long periods of time, but when they do get out for an extended period of time, we've got some resources available to them to help keep them warm," KFD Captain Mark Wilbanks said.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 8:51:39 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Follow-up: Mother, Infant Escape Major House Fire In Portland

A woman and her infant son narrowly escaped a house fire in Sumner County. Angel Sulzer said her home on Scattersville Road in Portland wasn't very big, but to her and her two young children, it was everything. After she put her nine-month-old son down for a nap Thursday, Sulzer said she went to the kitchen and realized something was wrong.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 8:24:29 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Portland mother of 2 loses everything in house fire

A fire destroyed a house in Portland Thursday afternoon, leaving a single mother of two children without a home. Smokey Barn News reported the home located in the 100 block of Scattersville Road was fully involved when firefighters arrived just before 2:50 p.m. Officials stated there was nothing to be saved from inside the residence.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 2:29:53 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Audit OK for fee-based Anderson County department

A special audit of a volunteer fire department -- sought by Anderson County Commission after the department converted to a fee-based system -- came back clean with no discrepancies. The audit cost the county $3,000. Still, blowback from the subscription system lingers. Commissioners aren't providing the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department with $20,000 that the county's other volunteer fire departments receive each year.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Columbia firefighter earns scholarship

A Columbia firefighter has been awarded a full scholarship to a distance-learning university. William “Brandon” Walker of Columbia was selected as the winner of Kaplan University’s Start A Change Scholarship after being nominated colleague and recent Kaplan graduate Jeremy Menear. Walker was awarded a full undergraduate degree scholarship based on his service to fire departments in Tennessee.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2014 6:08:36 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Garage, vehicles damaged in late-night Seymour fire

A garage and several vehicles went up in flames late Wednesday night in Seymour. The blaze broke out in the 6400 block of Nails Creek road. Neighbor Brad Lowe said he heard an explosion and came out of his home to find buildings and cars at his neighbors home engulfed in flames. Homeowner Keith Bentley, a contractor, says he and his wife were going to sleep Wednesday night when they heard the explosion.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2014 3:16:47 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Related: Firefighter's heart attack highlights job risks

A Knoxville firefighter remained in the cardiovascular intensive care on New Years Day after suffering a heart attack while responding to a house fire late Tuesday night. KFD Spokesman DJ Corcoran says the department is praying for firefighter Captain Mark Lacey and his family. A Harvard study shows heart attacks are a serious risk all firefighters face.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wbir.com

Knoxville firefighter suffers heart attack while fighting house fire

A Knoxville firefighter remains in the ICU after collapsing outside a burning home. Capt. Mark Lacey suffered a heart attack Tuesday night at the scene of a New Year's Eve house fire. The home on Dandyline Drive in East Knoxville was engulfed in smoke and flames when crews arrived. The one person inside was able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2014 11:22:40 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Jackson fire presents an all-night challenge

It was not until 6:35 a.m. Tuesday that Jackson firefighters completely extinguished a house fire that started at 107 Roberts St. in Bemis on Monday night. The fire was reported at 8:41 p.m. Monday. Deputy Chief David Dillingham said Tuesday that the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2014 5:15:08 PM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Memphis family jumps from balcony to escape apartment fire

A Memphis grandmother is still in shock after narrowly escaping a fire in her Frayser apartment New Year ’s Day. The fire at the Forrest Park Apartments off of Frayser Boulevard began just after midnight. Sandra Pluitt told News Channel 3 she was inside her home with a friend, her 4-year-old daughter, and two grandchildren when she woke up.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2014 3:10:25 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Firefighter injured in East Nashville structure fire

A firefighter was transported to a local hospital as crews battled a fire Tuesday evening at a vacant building in East Nashville. The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 7200 block of Joseph Avenue, near Dickerson Pike and Cleveland Street. The building is boarded up and was formerly a mattress store.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 4:45:28 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

La Vergne purchases fire department for $4 million

A new year will mean new ownership for a local fire department. La Vergne is one of two cities in the state that doesn't own its fire department. That will change on New Year's Eve. The city recently reached a deal with La Vergne Fire Incorporated to buy the privately owned fire department for $4 million.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 1:37:25 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Claxton fire burns through roof at home behind Bread Box

A Monday evening fire burned through the roof of a home behind the Bread Box convenience store on Edgemoor Road in Claxton. The fire at 110 S. Dogwood Road was reported at about 6:45 p.m. Monday, photographer Tom Scott said. It was originally reported as a kitchen fire, but the fire extended into the attic and burned through the roof, causing extensive damage.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 5:02:11 AM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Fire burns more than century-old Wilson County home

A kitchen fire significantly damaged a more than 100-year-old Wilson County home Monday afternoon. According to Wilson Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen at 1795 Old Shannon Road just off Franklin Road in Wilson County. “The kitchen area itself suffered quite a bit of fire damage,” Cooper said.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 2:41:23 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Update: Corpse found in remains of East Ridge fire identified as male

East Ridge and state officials said the body found after a fire in a former restaurant on Dec. 25 was a male. But the identity of the male whose remains were found inside the ashes of the destroyed structure is still under investigation. The East Ridge Fire Department and the state's bomb and arson investigators say the cause of the fire at 6715 Ringgold Road, a seafood restaurant previously known as the Hungry Fisherman and Tripp's Seafood, is officially undetermined.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2013 12:25:05 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Follow Up: Lobelville's Bates fire could have been worse

People are breathing a big sigh of relief after a fire strikes one of the largest employers in Perry County. Two buildings were destroyed at the Bates Rubber factory. Firefighters had to act fast to save jobs. Donald Meredith will tell you he's a restless sleeper, and what he saw out his front window around 2am Saturday prompted a quick call to 911.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 8:54:40 PM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Christmas wish comes true for Millington Fire Department

In 1939, the DuPont Chemical Company in Millington donated their fire truck to the City of Millington. It became the first in a line of fire trucks used to protect the public from fire and other related hazards. It served the community well until it was retired in 1954. Thanks to a generous grant and support from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen a brand new, state-of-the-art, fully equipped Pierce Fire Truck was put into service this month to protect and serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 8:47:15 PM - SOURCE: Millington, TN

Indoor burning possible Spring Hill fire cause

A fire that claimed a Spring Hill family’s home may have started in a chimney flue, and fire officials are urging citizens to use additional caution with indoor burning. Maury County Fire Department officials were alerted to a house fire about 2 a.m. Saturday at 3637 Greens Mill Road. The fire started outside the home, and the residence was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 6:42:26 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Memphis house fire leaves 7 people homeless, including pregnant woman

A fire sent seven people, including two children, running from their home early Monday morning. One of whom was four months pregnant. Memphis firefighters were called to the 3300 block of Ridgemont Avenue in the Raleigh neighborhood around 2 a.m. Action News 5'sAmy Speropoulos talked to a resident of the home, Sharon Butler.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2013 2:59:06 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Cleveland firefighters honored for life-saving efforts

A number of Cleveland Fire Department firefighters were recently honored for life-saving efforts during flooding earlier this year. CFD officials maintain a rigorous training schedule for specialized services, which may be needed in the event of certain situations or even disasters, which may affect the community.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2013 5:48:26 PM - SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner

Sullivan and its cities to wire into Tennessee's emergency radio system

Kingsport, Bristol and Sullivan County are planning to team up with the state of Tennessee on its statewide emergency radio system, a move one Sullivan County commissioner said would save the county and its cities more than $1 million. More than a decade ago, Sullivan County and its cities went in together to purchase a countywide, 800 MHz radio system for emergency personnel, one used by police and fire officials, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and emergency medical responders throughout the county.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2013 5:02:10 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Two Lobelville buildings destroyed in fire at Bates Rubber Plant

Two buildings were destroyed in a fire at a rubber plant in Perry County Saturday morning. The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at Bates Rubber Plant on 2nd Avenue East in Lobelville. Perry County Dispatch told News 2 that two buildings at the plant "have been lost" in the fire and firefighters had to work to keep the blaze from spreading to an area where rubber materials are stored.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2013 7:38:24 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

East Ridge gets new fire chief

There's a chief at the helm of the newly formed East Ridge Fire Department. After a four-month search, the city named veteran firefighter Mike Williams to lead the department, which was recently separated from the city's public safety department. The public safety department, which previously included the police and fire forces, was split into two distinct agencies after its former director, Eddie Phillips, retired in August.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2013 11:56:08 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Obituary: Retired Knoxville and Y-12 firefighter/paramedic; Gary Eugene Bradshaw

61, loving husband, father and grandfather left this life suddenly on December 25 at Physicians Regional Medical Center. He was born June 6, 1952, in Crossville, Tennessee. Having served the Knoxville Fire Department and Y-12 fire department for many years, he retired as a firefighter/paramedic. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Dollie Bradshaw.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2013 11:43:53 PM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Meth lab explosion catches Hamblen County home on fire

An abandoned home in Hamblen County caught fire Friday morning in what sheriff's deputies say was the result of a meth lab explosion. A neighbor called to report the fire around 6:04 a.m. at 4615 St. Paul Road. The Hamblen County Sheriff's Department and South Hamblen County Fire Department arrived and quickly determined it was a meth lab explosion.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2013 7:59:11 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Houston County family alerted to fire inside home by passer-by

A Houston County family says it's a true Christmas blessing that a complete stranger drove by their home, saw a fire and took action. "We had just made cupcakes for Santa with our daughter. She had gone to bed and we had gone to bed and was just ready to wake up Christmas morning and open presents," said Stacey Johnson.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 3:28:28 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Human Remains Found in Ashes of Old Seafood Restaurant in East Ridge

The Tennessee state fire marshal spent Thursday at the scene of a restaurant fire in East Ridge. The building once housed the Hungry Fisherman and later Trip's Seafood. It sits in the 67-hundred block of Ringgold Road, but now it's the scene of a possible homicide investigation. East Ridge authorities at first counted it as just another abandoned building destroyed by fire of an unknown origin.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 2:04:34 PM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Follow-up: Victim from Johnson City Christmas Day house fire in stable condition

A woman injured in a Christmas Day house fire was reported to be in stable condition Thursday at a hospital in Nashville. Johnson City firefighters were called to a fire at 2312 Rambling Road around 7:30 Christmas morning . Before they even arrived, firefighters were told a person was trapped inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 1:58:38 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Memphis: Firefighters battle mobile home engulfed in flames

Firefighters were on the scene of a mobile home fire near the 8000 block of Shallow Glen Trail, just off of North Germantown Parkway in Memphis. Reports came in just before 8 a.m. on Thursday. According to the Memphis Fire Department, no one was at home at the time of the fire. Drivers on Germantown Parkway who saw the smoke reported the fire to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 6:35:56 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Memphis firefighters battle 2 early morning fires, one man sent to hospital

The Memphis Fire Department battled two fires early Thursday morning that damaged a duplex and a home. The first call to firefighters came in just after midnight and happened in the 1800 block of McMillan Street. Huge flames shot through the roof of a home that was undergoing renovations causing heavy damage.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2013 3:03:02 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

2 dead, 3 injured after head-on collision in Mascot

Two women are dead after a head-on collision on Mine Road. The call came in around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday for a stalled vehicle. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, a van swerved to miss the stalled SUV and then hit another van head-on. One of the vans ended up off the road, down an embankment and flipped upside down.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2013 7:58:49 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Murfreesboro woman donates pet oxygen masks to fire department

Her beloved Sophie passed away after losing her battle with cancer. "If you lose your house or something else in a fire, to lose your pet just adds more grief to it," Meldon said. Meldon wanted to do something special in Sophie's memory, so she decided to donate four pet oxygen masks to the fire department in Murfreesboro.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2013 7:39:21 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Maury County: Man rescues motorist before car bursts into flames

It’s been more than seven years since Ahren Longo left the Navy, but his military training kicked in when he rescued an unconscious accident victim moments before a wrecked car burst into flames. “I had fire and medical training, but I never had to use it until now,” Longo said in a telephone interview.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2013 11:56:50 AM - SOURCE: columbiadailyherald.com

Fire destroys century-old barn in Elizabethton

A fast burning fire destroyed a 100-year-old barn along the Watauga River east of Elizabethton on Christmas Eve. No one was injured in the fire, but all items stored in the barn, as well as the barn itself, were reduced to ashes in the flames which were fanned by a persistent westerly breeze. The Stoney Creek, Watauga and Hampton-Valley Forge volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2013 12:31:58 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Chattanooga Police and Firefighters await pension changes

Chattanooga police and firefighters are on pins and needles while the pension task force tries to negotiate changes to their benefits. We are told it is affecting morale. On the heels of forty-three sudden retirements in the fire and police departments, one firefighter says the political debate over changes to the pension plan is starting to wear thin.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2013 8:08:11 AM - SOURCE: WDSI-TV My Fox Chattanooga

Fire severely damages abandoned home on Cecelia Avenue in Maryville

A structure fire severely damaged an abandoned home at 2555 Cecelia Ave. near East Broadway Avenue in Maryville Sunday evening. Blount County firefighters were dispatched to the fire at approximately 5:20 p.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames, and heavy smoke could be seen from a distance. After firefighters seemingly had the fire under control, more flames burst before firefighters extinguished the fire at approximately 5:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2013 9:14:13 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Newbern firefighters request computers

Newbern firemen may soon have technology at their fingertips, with leaders of the Newbern Fire Department recently appearing before the city board's budget committee with a request for new computers. A hastily planned meeting of the budget committee in Newbern Mayor Olen Parker's office at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2013 1:45:15 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Follow Up: Neighbors concerned about air safety after fire in Hickman County

A top environmental group said they are worried about a fire that burned for two days at a federal "superfund" site this week. The fire at the recycling center in Hickman County is out now, but neighbors have plenty of questions about what burned in thick black smoke that could be seen from miles away.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2013 8:19:23 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Walland home damaged by fire

A fire this morning did considerable damage to a Walland home, which was unoccupied at the time of the blaze. The house was at 4143 Burnett Road, Walland. The name of the family is not known at this time, but the mother, father and four children ages 5 to 24 were not home. An adult son came home shortly after 5 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2013 7:37:41 AM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Firefighters sign fire hose to be displayed at Dollywood

Firefighters are being honored through Dollywood's new roller coaster, and Pigeon Forge firefighters are now a part of the honors. The Hero's Tour stopped in Pigeon Forge for firefighters to sign a fire hose. The hose will be be on display at the new "Firechaser Express." Dollywood hopes firefighters across the region will sign this.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 9:31:33 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Portland country club moves forward after June fire

Members of Portland’s Dogwood Hills Country Club have united to clean up the site of their clubhouse, which burned to the ground in June, and hope to start rebuilding by the spring of 2014. Police charged 19-year-old Nathan Brownlee in September with arson, burglary and theft over $1,000 in relation to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 4:42:26 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Follow-up: Dickson reacts to large industrial fire in Hickman County

The smoke hovering over south Dickson County and the lingering stench of burnt plastic were obvious signs a fire raged somewhere locally Wednesday afternoon and night. “We saw it about 10:30 (a.m. Wednesday) and it looked kind of like a black tornado outside," said Megan Kotsch, a manager at Abiff Pub in south Dickson County near the Hickman County line.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 4:37:58 PM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Follow-up: Firefighters making progress in Hickman industrial fire

Officials say firefighters are making progress against a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee. Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory said Thursday morning that firefighters are trying to smother the blaze by covering it with dirt. He says the blaze is 65 percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 7:38:14 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Fire Destroys Keltonburg Home

A fire destroyed the home of Percy Pinegar, Jr at 4915 Keltonburg Road (Keltonburg Nursery) Wednesday night. Central dispatch received the call at 6:13 p.m. Members of the Midway, Belk, Keltonburg, Short Mountain Highway, and Blue Springs stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the tanker truck, DeKalb EMS, and DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 6:17:58 AM - SOURCE: WJLE 1480-AM & 101.7-FM

Woman dies in Columbia house fire

A woman was killed and her adult son suffered burns in a house fire near downtown Columbia Thursday morning. The woman died before firefighters could carry her through a bedroom window of her small, wood-frame house at 601 W. 4th St., Assistant Fire Chief Tony Scott said. Her injured son managed to escape the 3:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 4:37:58 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Nashville Firefighters Keep Kids Warm

Nearly four hundred metro school children have new, warm coats to wear thanks to Nashville firefighters. Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Union Local 140 gave coats to every student at Buena Vista Elementary School Wednesday. It's part of what the union calls "Operation Warm.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 2:50:39 AM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Germantown Crews Have Busy First Weeks Operating Ambulances

"They're always scrubbing it down and cleaning it," Fire Chief John Selberg said of one of the trucks. "After calls, they come back, they're even cleaning under doors." Maybe that's because these vehicles are the first to have permanent "Germantown" lettering on the sides of the trucks. The ambulances, the department's first fleet, went into service the first week in December.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Knoxville Fire Department sees fewer fire related deaths so far in 2013

Fire related deaths are down so far in the city of Knoxville but reasons for the decline can be difficult to pinpoint. So far this year firefighters within city limits have responded to one fatal fire in 2013. Nineteen-year-old Mark A Jernigan died earlier this month when fire broke out in the laundry room of the west Knoxville mobile home.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2013 3:44:38 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Area, Schools Evacuated Surrounding Plant Fire In Hickman County

The area surrounding a plastics recycling plant in Hickman County has been evacuated, including four schools, as crews work to extinguish a massive fire on Wednesday morning. The large smoke plume could be seen for miles from the Industrial Plastic Co. Inc. on Plant Road in Lyles. The area approximately 4 miles around the plant was evacuated due to the high toxicity from the burning plastics and alcohol on the site, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2013 10:16:37 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Looming pension reform blamed for Chattanooga fire & police exodus

Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd announced his retirement Monday. He's the latest in a long string of recent retirements among the city's police force and fire department. The Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Board says the number of retirements this year has doubled from a typical year and don't think it's coincidence.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2013 3:15:08 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Related: Number of Chattanooga Police and Firefighters to Retire Doubles

NewsChannel 9 has uncovered shocking numbers about how many Chattanooga police officers and firefighters will have retired by the end of 2013. This comes just a day after Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd submitted his retirement - saying he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2013 2:43:29 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Mt. Pleasant to weigh new terms for fire station

City officials hope that entering into a new lease agreement will streamline the process of removing mold from a downtown fire station. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department and EMS personnel vacated the fire station at 1158 N. Main St. in November because of an invasive mold problem. City Manager Michelle Williams said the city had to determine which entity actually owned the building on North Main Street before they could move forward with the mold removal.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2013 9:53:26 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Suspicious barn fire under investigation in Springfield

Arson investigators have been called to the scene of a barn fire Monday, Dec. 16 in Springfield behind a business on the southern end of Memorial Boulevard, near Industrial Drive. The Springfield Fire Department responded to a barn fire shortly after 3 p.m., across from Lee’s Building Center in the 2900 block of Memorial Boulevard, according to Springfield Fire Chief Jimmy Hamill.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2013 3:38:08 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Hampshire Fire Department struggling to create new home

When it rains or snows the roof leaks, and without adequate utilities it’s either too cold or too hot to train volunteers inside the cinder block building, at least for very long. But despite it all, Chief K.C. Delk is thankful for a place to park the community fire truck and people willing to answer the call when someone needs help.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 9:51:05 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Arson suspected in fire at Vulcan Materials in Friendsville

Arson was suspected as a structure fire destroyed a single-wide office trailer at Vulcan Materials at 3758 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville Sunday afternoon. According to Public Information Officer Steve Hargis of the Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department, firefighters received the call of the fire at approximately 4:32 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 7:46:51 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Downtown Paris historic building fire

A destroyed the interior of Retale History, a landmark building in Paris around 7 p.m. Friday. "The wind was blowing it in this direction and you could smell it, I mean it literally took my breath away," said Jennifer Williams, owner of Jack's Java. Most people in the community know the building as the Lewis and Williams Market.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 12:45:34 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Trenton firefighter terminated

A Trenton firefighter has been fired after officials say he sexually harassed other employees. After allegations were made that Odell Coleman was sexually harassing female city employees, an investigation took place, according to Trenton Mayor Tony Burriss. The Jackson Sun couldn’t reach Coleman for comment but Burriss said Coleman was a captain at the Trenton Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2013 2:18:35 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Could new healthcare law shut down state volunteer fire departments?

Volunteer fire departments across the country are taking a closer look at the Affordable Care Act, wondering if any part of it would pertain to them. Grassy Fork Chief Walt Cross is one leader that's wondering about it. "Whether it affects this fire department, or this community - at the volume of firefighters that we have," said Chief Cross.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2013 3:18:42 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Knoxville: Fire marshal says renters need to look closely at apartment fire safety features

The South Knoxville apartment complex building that burnt to the ground Wednesday lacked many important safety features that fire investigators say could have made a difference. According to investigators, building D of the Southwood Apartment complex had no firewall and no sprinkler system. The building was constructed in 1968, when fire codes didn't require many modern safety features.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE.com

Franklin firefighters extend toy drive deadline after drop in donations

With donation levels well below past years, Franklin Firefighters have extended the deadline for their annual Toy and Clothing Drive to Monday, Dec. 16, and are issuing a plea for help. “There are many gift requests remaining on the toy drive displays outside every fire station waiting to be filled,” said Franklin Fire Captain Clay Mackey, who is one of the event organizers.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: franklinhomepage.com

Fire Destroys Smithville Home

(VIDEO) A fire this morning (Thursday) destroyed the residence of Jimmy Putty at 428 Carter Street. Central dispatch received the call at 7:00 a.m. The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene but Chief Charlie Parker said the fire was well underway by the time it was reported and firefighters could not save the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 9:45:21 AM - SOURCE: WJLE 1480-AM & 101.7-FM

Faulty light switch blamed for Madison house fire

A family got quite a scare early Thursday morning when a faulty light switch started a fire. It happened at a home on Saunders Avenue in Madison just after 12:30 a.m. Fire officials told News 2 the homeowner flipped a light switch in the kitchen and an electricity malfunction sparked a fire. The fire spread to the attic.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 8:02:10 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Firefighters injured, residents displaced by fire at Knoxville apartment complex

Two firefighters were injured and 14 residents were displaced after a South Knoxville apartment complex went up in flames Wednesday night. The Knoxville Fire Department says the fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m. at Southwood Apartments in the 2700 block of Sevier Avenue. Heavy flames were seen coming from the three-story building.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 7:49:08 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Sumner County barn razed by fire

Firefighters in Sumner County are still battling a blaze that engulfed a rural barn early this morning. The barn fire was reported at about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Upper Station Camp Creek and Vantrease roads, according to a Sumner County dispatcher. Cottontown Volunteer Fire crews had the blaze under control about an hour later.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 4:48:43 AM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Teen pulls man from Kingsport house fire

An afternoon fire at a Lynn Garden home on Wednesday turned into a lesson in bravery when a teenager pulled his neighbor out of the burning home. We're told 16-year-old Lee Harper called Kingsport Fire Department crews to 310 Martin St. at around 3:15 p.m. "About that time I couldn't see the house cause of the smoke," said Harper, who lives across the street on Akers Ave.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wcyb.com

Seymour home destroyed in fire Wednesday afternoon

A Sevier County home was left a complete loss after a fire broke out at the residence Wednesday evening. Officials say that fire broke out at a home on Staghorn Lane in Seymour just before 4 p.m. It took volunteer firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. Crews told 6 News the delay was due to the home being on a hill, causing it to take them longer than usual to get fire hoses to the property.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2013 9:50:51 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Knoxville Rural/Metro Firefighters Graduate

There are 17 firefighters starting work Wednesday after graduating from Rural/Metro's Fire Academy Tuesday night. They all achieved firefighter one certification, which means they can work full-time in more than 40 states. Firefighter Adam Thomas says the program wasn't easy. "We spend a lot of time in the classroom, but most of the time is out in the field, getting our hands dirty and working hard," said Thomas.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2013 3:05:11 AM - SOURCE: WATE.com

Mt. Juliet Fire Department launches Explorer program for teens

The staff of the new Mt. Juliet Fire Department wants to build for its future and help area young people prepare for theirs. That is why it plans to launch a new program next year that introduces firefighting up close. The fire department will charter a new Fire Service Explorer program that is open to anyone who is at least 14 years old and has completed the eighth grade.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2013 12:32:32 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

VIDEO: Fire damages Cleveland BBQ restaurant

An early morning fire kept Cleveland firefighters very busy this morning. Dispatchers say it happened at the Stadium BBQ just before 1 a.m. at the corner of 17th Street and Stewart Avenue. There were no injuries to report and it was contained within an hour. The cause remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2013 4:26:22 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Baxter works to pay for new equipment for firefighters

Firefighters working for both the City of Baxter and the county have been asked to refrain from using their county turnout gear during both jobs. This first came to the attention of the Baxter Board of Mayor and Aldermen last month, leaving them with an unexpected bill of around $2,500 per firefighter to make sure they each have the needed protection.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald-citizen.com

2-year-old burned in fatal fire meets Chattanooga firefighters who rescued him

When 2-year-old Tyler Jackson was rescued by Chattanooga firefighters, his family couldn't even recognize him. Burns marred most of his face and 70 percent of his body. Doctors were not sure he would survive. A little more than eight months later, Tyler, who wears scars from the blaze, donned a red plastic hat and played with a fire truck given to him by firefighters at Station 5 at 809 S.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 9:49:01 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Less Than Half Fire Hydrants in Benton County Usable

With the number of fires this time of year usually increasing, it is disturbing to know less than half the fire hydrants in Benton County are usable. A fire hydrant sits in the Camden Fire Department. Because it is so old, they were not able to buy a part for it and now use it as decoration. There are several others in the county, though still in neighborhoods and along streets that are totally useless.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 9:45:11 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Review occurs after Memphis firefighters miss calls

The Memphis Fire Department has inspected bay doors at all its stations after firefighters missed calls because they were trapped inside their station during a power outage. The Commercial Appeal reported that a fatal house fire occurred on Nov. 27 while fire equipment was stuck behind inoperable doors at fire station No.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 7:00:43 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Tensions rise in Chattanooga fire, police pension overhaul

Pension administrators are balking at suggested changes that would significantly alter police officers' and firefighters' retirement plan while saving the city $400 million over the next 30 years. With three weeks to go until Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's deadline for his 18-member pension task force to reach a consensus, contention is growing among officials, the Fire and Police Pension Board members and employees over cuts that some say could prompt more employees to leave their departments prematurely.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Timesfreepress.com

White House woman killed in fire

A woman died after her home caught fire in White House Saturday night. Smokey Barn News reported the fire started in the back of the residence located in the 300 block of Foster Drive in the Holly Tree Subdivision around 8:20 p.m. The fire department was able to control the flames by 9 p.m. The incident is now under investigation by White House authorities, including both the fire and police departments, as well as State Bomb and Arson officials, the fire marshal told Smokey Barn.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2013 3:21:56 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Goodlettsville welcomes new deputy fire chief from Houston

Mark Becknal recently joined the city of Goodlettsville staff as the new deputy fire chief. Mark has more than 25 years of experience in fire service. Becknal recently retired from the city of Houston, Texas, as senior captain, district training officer and paramedic. He has most recently been working as an evaluator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2013 2:03:06 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean - Metered Site

Benton County mobile home destroyed in fire, two bodies found

Benton county officials say the charred remains of two bodies were found inside of a burned mobile home Saturday morning. Now a family is short two of its members, just a few weeks away from Christmas. "There was some sign of a wood heater and it was a single wide trailer," Sheriff Tony King said. "We just ask people to be a bit more careful and vigilant about how they use those types of heat," The home on Brodie Rd.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2013 9:03:26 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Special needs teen killed in Knoxville mobile home fire

A mobile home erupted in flames Saturday morning and killed a teen and his dog. According to Capt. DJ Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department, it happened at a home along J.R. Drive off Amherst Road around 8 a.m. Firefighters say Mark A. Jernigan, 19, passed away as a result of unrecoverable smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2013 8:52:23 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Oak Ridge fire destroys barn, contents valued at $100K

A report of woods on fire Thursday afternoon turned out to be a burning barn — valued at $100,000 — in Oak Ridge. The fire was reported about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Tuskegee and TeeJay drives, according to Oak Ridge Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley. Responders had to hike through the woods to reach the structure and found the barn engulfed with flames, Kerley said in a news release Friday.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2013 6:58:19 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

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