Daily Dispatch

Clarksville launches new emergency radio system

Officials gathered at the E-911 Center Wednesday as Mayor Kim McMillan announced Clarksville’s new multi-million dollar emergency radio system. McMillan said she when tookg office in 2011 she accessed all the city departments and their needs. “It was obvious that our public safety departments in Clarksville were doing a fantastic job with a woefully inadequate communication system,” McMillan said.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2014 4:36:54 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

South Knoxville home engulfed in flames

Investigators are still working to figure out what caused a house fire in South Knoxville Tuesday evening. Crews responded Tuesday around 8 p.m. to the house on Abner Cruze Road, near the intersection of Chapman and John Sevier Highway. When firefighters arrived, flames had spread through most of the house and they weren't able to save the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2014 6:24:33 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Walker County upgrades emergency equipment

New roofs and better equipment are coming soon for Walker County Emergency Services. Thanks to approximately $185,000 in SPLOST funding, Fire Chief Randy Camp began the process of reroofing fire stations Nos. 1 and 6 last week along with purchasing new equipment. He opened bids for both projects but they have not yet been awarded.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2014 11:58:45 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Aldermen Accept Fire Chief Johnston's Resignation

The Town of Woodbury Mayor and Board of Aldermen accepted Woodbury Fire Chief Bill Johnston's resignation Tuesday night during their monthly meeting. Johnston had been with the Fire Department for 34 years with 32 of them as the Chief. He resigned recently after it had been suggested by Mayor Harold Patrick following controversy over the use of the Woodbury Fire Department Command Vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2014 7:43:17 PM - SOURCE: WBRY 1540-AM & 96.8-FM

Manchester Fire Chief Keeps Job, Board Doesn't Vote

(VIDEO) The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a meeting in Coffee County Tuesday night and did not mention any problems with their fire chief. No vote was taken. The Fire Chief, George DeShields, said he'd been warned about a possible vote to fire him, following months of threats to bring the issue to a vote.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2014 4:59:50 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Memphis: Fire intentionally set at home of slain Orange Mound couple, officials say

The Memphis Fire Department responded to a fire at the home of an Orange Mound couple who were found dead in April. Firefighters received the call at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. The fire originated at the back door of the home and was intentionally set, said fire department spokesman Lt. Wayne Cook. Evidence of a Molotov cocktail was found on the front porch, but officials have not determined if it was set on fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2014 5:14:40 AM - SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jackson Fire Department to cut $589K in 2014-15

Jackson city councilmen will vote on a final reading of the 2014-2015 fiscal budget this morning, and when they do, they will be making decisions that affect everyday life in Jackson. If the budget is approved, the Jackson Fire Department budget is set to be cut $589,453.54, or 4.52 percent of its $13 million budget from a year ago, according to the minutes of the May 15 council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2014 3:47:22 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

KFD quickly extinguishes fire at East Knoxville apartment complex

Firefighters were able to put out a fire at the Walter P. Taylor homes within a matter of minutes early Tuesday morning. According to the Knoxville Fire Department, crews responded to a unit on fire in the McConnell Street apartments just after midnight. Firefighters say heavy smoke was pouring from the building upon arrival.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2014 3:42:17 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Murfreesboro Pool Store Fire Sends 4 To Hospital

A pool store in Murfreesboro went up in flames on Monday morning, sending four people to the hospital. When firefighters responded to Brad's Pool Shop at 1802 Memorial Boulevard around 10:45 a.m., they found heavy smoke coming from the building. Crews began an interior attack, while rescue crews had to force their way in the back of the building through a bay door to clear out some of the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2014 11:38:09 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

28-year-old man charged with arson in East Nashville house fire

A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly starting a fire at a vacant home over the weekend. The Metropolitan Nashville Police arrested Brandon Hulan and charged him with one count of aggravated arson and two counts of arson, following the fire that damaged three homes Saturday in the Inglewood area.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2014 5:12:55 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Vinson to end 40 years of work with Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department

Veteran firefighter Billy Vinson credits his faith in God and love of his job for bringing him back to work for 40 years, even after losing his legs in a workplace accident. “Since I was lucky enough to have the best job in the universe, I just kept coming back,” Vinson said about his dedication to the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2014 4:35:55 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Monterey businesses unite to fund protective gear for city's volunteer firefighters

It’s a job without pay — and a dangerous one. Even more so since Monterey’s volunteer firefighters lack the protective gear they need when battling blazes for their neighbors. At least, that was the case last month before six Monterey businesses banded together in response to a request made by fire chief Kevin Peters to city officials in a finance committee meeting in May.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2014 2:49:15 AM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

$1 million to go to Chattanooga police disparity

Some Chattanooga police officers could see raises close to $5,000 while others' salaries could be frozen this year as part of a plan to fix years of unequal pay. Mayor Andy Berke has pledged nearly $1 million to the Chattanooga Police Department -- about a fifth of the city's savings from the fire and police pension overhaul -- in his proposed 2015 budget to create a new pay structure expected to roll out this summer.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2014 9:43:58 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Cookeville Fire Department urge minding fire safety in hotels

As summer approaches and families make vacation plans, the Cookeville Fire Department urges citizens to keep fire safety in mind while staying in hotels. “A lot of it is just being aware of your surroundings and knowing where the exits are,” said Chief Roger Fuqua of the Cookeville Fire Department. As soon as hotel guests check into their rooms, Fuqua recommends they learn where the nearest emergency exits are located.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2014 2:16:39 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

La Vergne to require new homes to have sprinklers

The city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen stood by its position to require new homes be built with sprinklers in a final 4-1 vote Thursday. “It saves lives,” said Mayor Senna Mosley, who is the daughter, granddaughter, wife and mother of firefighters. “Coming from a firefighting family, I understand what these guys and girls have to go through in having to fight these fires and having to pull out bodies of burnt children,” the mayor said in an interview after the vote.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2014 9:05:10 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Clarksville City Council delays vote on fire station 12 agreement

An agreement between Montgomery County and the City of Clarksville to build a fire station and emergency medical services facility in the Industrial Park ahead of the building of the Hankook Tire plant met far more resistance from the City Council than it did by the county County Commission, which passed it without opposition earlier this month.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2014 5:49:58 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Mold keeps Mt. Pleasant firehouse quiet

Mt. Pleasant firefighters will likely spend six more months in a temporary location while city leaders seek options for funding an estimated $100,000 mold remediation project at the town’s fire hall. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, formerly at 1158 N. Main St., was vacated in November after invasive mold was found throughout the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2014 5:25:40 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Gallatin man accused of aggravated arson

A Gallatin man has been arrested after police say he set fire to a storage shed and attempted to burn down his uncle's home. Johnny Thomas "Dink" Whited, 39, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated arson in connection to the fire, which occurred around 2:20 a.m. at 117 West Hite Street in Gallatin, according to Gallatin Police Department spokesman Bill Storment.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2014 1:59:57 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Johnson City Fire Department supervisor receives five-day suspension for cutting firefighter's hair

A Johnson City Fire Department supervisor will face a five-day suspension without pay for allegedly making fun of another firefighter's haircut and then cutting the man's hair himself. It took more than two months to come to that conclusion, but a public records request revealed Johnson City's internal investigation into the matter resulted in that punishment last week.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2014 1:59:05 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Fairview firefighters conduct mutual aid exercises

Firefighters with the Fairview Fire Department recently conducted mutual aid training with the Williamson County Rescue Squad (WCRS) and the Dickson County Rescue Squad (DCRS). The training took place on April 15 over a three-hour window with 12 Fairview firefighters, six DCRS firefighters and one WCRS firefighter training together on water supply operations and fire ground operations.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 11:14:53 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Office of the State Firre Marshal warns about sky lantern use

(VIDEO) As summer draws closer, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding the public of laws concerning sky lanterns. The sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns, are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by a flame that resemble small hot air balloons. Fire officials say the sky lanterns can be dangerous to property and life.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 10:39:27 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Memphis firefighter charged in fatal crash won't go to jail

(VIDEO) A Memphis firefighter accused of running a red light, crashing into another car and killing the driver will not go to jail. According to Tennessee state law, Lt. Raymond Glover did not commit a serious crime and cannot go to prison. Glover is charged with failure to yield, resulting in death.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 4:39:56 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Follow-up: Arsonist lights Clarksville house up in flames, catches self on fire

(VIDEO) An arsonist is on the run, but he almost didn't get away. Police said the man accidentally set himself on fire while trying to burn down someone else's home. "When I come in, no matter where we go, I check all the rooms, under the beds, everywhere," said Marcy Orange, of Clarksville. "It's not my home no more.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 3:44:01 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Sevierville firefighters train with junk cars

(VIDEO) Using junk cars donated by the community, Sevierville Fire Department trained in dangerous situations on how to safely remove a patient. Firefighters developed a scenario based on real life situations. "Today is actual scenarios that I've had," said Daryl Newport, Sevierville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 2:32:30 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

New La Vergne homes may need sprinklers

City Fire Chief Rick McCormick wishes sprinklers had been installed in a home to extinguish a blaze that killed a mother and her adult son on Christmas night about 15 years ago. “If that had been a sprinkler home, they probably would have lived, and I would not have been put in intensive care,” McCormick said during a Tuesday interview at La Vergne City Hall.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 9:02:05 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Teen Arrested For Setting Fire At Chattanooga Group Home

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Scholze Adolescent Center at 911 Pineville Road. When the first firefighters arrived, they found small flames coming from a ceiling vent in one of the residential rooms. Firefighters with Quint 17 and Engine 12 pulled out the smoldering materials and extinguished the fire with portable fire extinguishers.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 6:44:28 AM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Two people injured in Nashville meth-related house fire

Metro police say the two people hurt after an early morning house fire Tuesday were allegedly involved in cooking meth at the home. Roger Dale Ferrell, 41, and his wife, Mary Vera, 42, were burned when components in the meth-making process combusted in a flash fire at the home on Clovernook Drive around 3:35 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbcnews.com

Cleveland Fire Department Features Vehicle Extraction Demonstration

The Cleveland City Council might not have to look very hard in the future to find a new fire chief. Six year-old Jameson Baggett wants to be a firefighter and someday, he wants to be the fire chief. At this time, Jameson’s management style will be leading by example because he wasn’t very talkative Saturday when he visited Cleveland Fire Department Station No.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2014 3:01:12 PM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Witnesses: Man caught himself on fire during arson attempt

A man reportedly set himself on fire while attempting to commit arson at a home on Sunset Court in Clarksville. According to a police report, several witnesses at a neighboring house saw a man in a black tank top and baggy pants light the front portion of the house on fire Saturday, May 24. It appeared that the man’s face also caught fire in the process, and he began rolling around on the ground before fleeing toward Walnut St.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2014 1:48:18 PM - SOURCE: ClarksvilleNow.com

Murfreesboro family displaced by Memorial Day house fire

A Monday night fire displaced a family of six from their Overhill Court home, according to a press release from the Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department. Crews from MFRD Districts 4, 6, 7, and 8 responded to the house fire just before 9 o’clock Monday night at 3306 Overhill Court, said Ashley McDonald, MFRD spokeswoman.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2014 8:22:43 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Fire damages well-known Lookout Mountain restaurant in Hamilton County

Fire broke out Tuesday morning at a restaurant that has been a fixture of Lookout Mountain for years - the Cafe on the Corner at the 800 block of Scenic Highway. Crews from both Hamilton County and Lookout Mountain responded to the scene after the call came in at about 4:15 a.m. Neighbors tell NewsChannel9 they heard an explosion.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2014 4:40:18 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Couple injured while fighting fire near Donelson

A home that caught fire near Donelson turned into a police crime scene early Tuesday morning after suspicious chemicals were found. The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Clovernook Drive, just south of the Cumberland River off Lebanon Pike. Firefighters quickly put out the flames, but an officer told News 2 they then found chemicals inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2014 2:31:06 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Memphis fire truck collides with car, 1 civilian injured

Police are investigating a car accident involving a Memphis Fire Department engine, according to Fire Division Chief Keith Staples. One woman was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in non-critical condition. No firefighters were injured. Fire engine 13 collided with a black Kia Optima in the intersection of Summer and East Parkway while responding to an emergency call.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Rescue 1

Shelby County: Several rescued from burning Cordova apartment building

A Cordova area apartment building burst into flames early Monday morning leaving six families with nowhere to live. The fire started just after 3:00 a.m. at the Lincoln at Wolfchase complex off of Rockcreek Parkway. “It was very terrifying to say the least,” Sherida Lovelace said...With fear aside, neighbors like Antonio Matthews braved the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2014 2:58:06 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Dandridge church destroyed by fire

A Dandridge church had just finished their Saturday evening service when a member smelled smoke. By the time firefighters arrived, fire completely consumed the House of Prayer Church. Christina Cardona of Dandridge said, "We were at my parents' house about four miles down the road and we saw it." There is nothing left of the Hopewell Street church, Dandridge Volunteer Fire Chief Andy Riley said.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2014 8:56:16 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Two firefighters injured in church fire in Orange Mound

Two firefighters are being treated for injuries after battling a fire at a church in Orange Mound. The fire started about 7:00 P.M. at the Greater Hope Baptist Church on Spottswood. It started in an office area of the church. It took firefighters about 35 minutes to get it under control. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2014 9:17:24 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Fire destroys west Nashville home, car

A home caught fire in west Nashville early Wednesday morning, causing serious damage to the home and one car outside. The home, located near the intersection of 46th and Georgia avenues, caught fire around 6 a.m. When firefighters arrived to the scene, they witnessed heavy flames shooting from the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2014 9:12:24 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Auburntown man captures fiery car crash on cell phone

(VIDEO) An Auburntown resident captured a fiery car crash on his cell phone. It happened Tuesday across the street from John Powell's mother’s house. When he saw what happened, Powell tried to help the driver. “I got down there as quickly as I could. He was already in the highway trying to stop traffic,” he told News 2.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2014 4:44:10 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Two trapped after car flips in Bradley County shopping plaza

Bradley County Fire & Rescue officials say the department's firefighting training center is about to take things to another level. In a recent meeting, Fire Chief Troy Maney discussed the center's upcoming improvements with county commissioners. "[This] will put us where we can do state-certified training for Firefighter II [certification]," Maney said.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2014 11:09:54 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Bradley County to upgrade firefighter training center

Two people were transported to the hospital Wednesday evening after a vehicle crashed into a West Broadway Avenue shopping plaza. While the circumstances surrounding the accident were not immediately known, a female driver and passenger were trapped inside a four-door sedan after the car traveled off West Broadway Avenue and into the shopping plaza where Little Caesars Pizza and Check First Cash Advance are located.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2014 11:07:43 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Mount Carmel BMA proposes using savings to balance budget

After five workshop sessions, the Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen has finalized a proposed 2014-15 budget that uses about $265,750 in savings to avoid a property tax increase. That will leave only $243,753 in Mount Carmel's reserve fund. Last year, the BMA dipped into savings to the tune of $691,800 to avoid a property tax increase, and the year before it used $383,150 in savings to balance its budget.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2014 6:37:06 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Questions arise over Memphis firefighters' use of sick days

Council members say they’re not attacking firefighters and they respect their work, but they don’t respect the fact the mayor and the union can’t come together in a time when money is so tight. Councilman Kemp Conrad said, “When you got six times more people out on the first and last work day than you do on the one day where if you don’t come to work you get paid, then that shows something’s wrong”.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2014 4:39:14 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Follow Up: Memphis city budget dispute remains staring match

It was the first thing Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, May 20, during budget committee hearings. “Today, we have browned-out three ladder trucks,” Benson said, referring to taking ladder trucks out of service at a rotating group of firehouses depending on how many firefighters are on vacation or have called in sick.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2014 2:54:45 PM - SOURCE: The Memphis Daily News

Knoxville: Flatbed truck veers off bridge I-40W to land on Strawberry Plains Pike

The person airlifted from a crash on Strawberry Plains Pike is listed in critical condition at UT Medical Center. He is identified as 40-year-old Pedro A. Ruedas of Dalton, Georgia. His flatbed truck toppled over an overpass after an accident on I-40 W, landing upside down on Strawberry Plains Pike.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: local8now

Memphis Fire Department Director: Response times slower due to budget cuts

(VIDEO) How much is your family's protection worth? Memphis firefighters say they need millions of dollars to keep you safe despite allegations they are abusing the money they already have. Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson says the department is so financially strapped that response times to emergencies are in jeopardy.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2014 4:45:03 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Related: Memphis Fire Department Fighting For Money To Train New Recruits

(VIDEO) Services Director of Memphis led with Tuesday’s budget meeting. The operating budget was passed, but other questions were raised about how the department is being run. Alvin Benson is the Director of Fire Services in Memphis. He summed it up by saying, “We are in tough times here in this city.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2014 3:39:25 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Area fire departments take part in multi-county training at Coffee County fairgrounds

About 100 firefighters from seven departments attended the annual Multi-County Live Burn Weekend Saturday, hosted by Manchester Fire and Rescue and Summitville Volunteer Fire Department at the Coffee County fairgrounds. Putnam County Fire Department’s live fire and vertical ventilation trainer offered firefighters the opportunity to practice interior attacks.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2014 1:11:27 PM - SOURCE: Manchester Times

Johnson City leaders actually considered closing two fire stations amid budget crisis

The budget is so tight this year in Johnson City, leaders actually considered closing two fire stations, but the fire chief says he is confident that option is now off the table. Johnson City Fire Department Chief Mark Scott confirms early on in the budget process he suggested closing Fire Stations 8 and 9 if leaders were really committed to major budget cuts.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2014 7:43:07 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Crews put out fire at Mt. Juliet mobile home

Firefighters were able to put out a blaze at a mobile home in Mt. Juliet on Tuesday morning. The home is at the intersection of Pebblestone and Stonegate drives. Fire officials say the home was under renovation and the fire somehow started in the floor, but the cause is unknown at this time. No one was hurt in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2014 6:10:02 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire Dept. lights up Hillsboro house in unique training exercise

PHOTOS: If you were driving along Hillsboro Road Saturday morning, chances are you saw smoke and flames billowing from a nearby home as the Brentwood Fire Department conducted a unique training exercise for its younger recruits. A couple from Columbia recently purchased the 4-acre property and was in a hurry to relocate their six children to Brentwood by March of next year.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2014 9:09:03 PM - SOURCE: Franklin's Online Newspaper

Fire at Johnson City apartment kills one person

he Johnson City Police department has released the name of the person who was killed in a fire Saturday evening on East Watauga Avenue. The victim has been identified as Gilbert King. Police say King lived by himself in the apartment home. The fire happened around 6:30 Saturday evening. When firefighters arrived heavy smoke was coming from the second floor windows and roof of the two-story apartment.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2014 5:02:51 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Clarksville Mayor Column: Two fire stations are on track

I’d like to take an opportunity to point out some critical facts that were glaringly absent from the May 16 editorial in The Leaf-Chronicle about the building of new fire stations in Clarksville. The editorial stated that the city has reneged on a promise to build a specific fire station in favor of building another.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2014 12:38:22 AM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Retired Spring Hill Fire Chief chronicles 39-year career in newest book

Retired Spring Hill Fire Chief Jim Swindle has completed and published his fifth and latest book titled “Burnt Offerings, A Look inside the Fire Service.” The book chronicles Swindle’s career starting as a young rookie firefighter in 1974 to his retirement from Spring Hill in 2013. The book contains stories about the major fires he had worked on and others he conducted fire investigations on as a fire marshal and Certified Fire Investigator.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2014 10:43:12 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Body found in Greenbrier fire

nvestigators with the State Fire Marshal's office are trying to determine the cause of a Friday morning fire in Greenbrier that resulted in the discovery of a body. Emergency workers were called to 1407 Nunley Street at 1:22 a.m. Upon their arrival, they found two outbuildings on fire behind the primary residence, according to a press release issued by the Greenbrier Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2014 3:18:38 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

6 employees at North Knoxville steel mill hurt in explosion

Several workers at a North Knoxville steel mill plant were taken to the hospital Thursday night after a reported explosion. The Knoxville Fire Department says they responded to the Gerdau Ameristeel plant at 1919 Tennessee Avenue around 9 p.m. Firefighters say the six employees were injured in a fire that stemmed from the furnace area of the business.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2014 6:44:56 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Wilson County home destroyed by fire

A house in Wilson County was destroyed by fire early Friday morning. A Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper spotted the blaze from Interstate 40 just before 12:30 a.m. When firefighters got to the home in 10,000 block of Bluebird Road, just north of Watertown, it was engulfed in flames. With no fire hydrants near the home, crews were forced to truck in water up a long driveway to the top of this hill.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2014 5:38:41 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Opinion: Clarksville can't renege on Exit 1 firehouse

There’s a story in the Bible about the risks of going to a banquet and getting moved down the table in favor of someone more important. People living near Exit 1 may know a little something about that, as they just saw their long-promised fire station go to someone else. Seems someone more important was coming to the table.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2014 12:25:21 AM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Six Cleveland firefighters to be honored for saving lives

Six Cleveland firefighters have received recognition for saving lives in the lead-up to the fire department's third annual open house on Saturday. In a recent ceremony, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland presented awards to the firefighters for saving two lives in March. "This was our sole intent for running medical calls a few years back -- to make a difference in someone's life if we were able to reach them quicker than an ambulance," Cleveland fire Chief Steve Haun said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2014 11:58:59 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Million-dollar fire station still not operational in Murfreesboro

It was built six years ago to help protect residents in case of fire or other emergencies, but a brand new fire station off Veterans Parkway in Murfreesboro still sits empty. The facility cost taxpayers about $1 million, but city leaders said the recession and a lack of funding to staff the place are a couple of the reasons why it's not operational.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2014 4:42:21 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Watertown Volunteer Fire Department helps extinguish a fire on a White County school bus

The Watertown fire department helped extinguish a fire Monday after a school bus from White County caught fire with more than 40 students inside. Volunteer fire Chief John Jewell said the bus was traveling in Watertown on Highway 69 near the neighborhood of Prosperity when it caught fire. The call came in around 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2014 1:25:04 PM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Fire Damages Garage At Madison Auto Business

Crews battled a fire in Madison on Thursday morning. The fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. at an auto business at 1314 S. Gallatin Pike, near the Nashville National Cemetery. A driver called 911 and reported smoke coming out of a garage. When firefighters got on the scene, they found flames pouring from a wrecker inside the garage.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2014 6:34:59 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Cordova man suspected of killing dog and setting his house on fire

(VIDEO) Shelby County deputies say a Cordova man killed his dog before torching his own home. The suspect posted several ominous tweets that preceded the crime. The story was breaking news early Wednesday morning and it was later ruled arson. The suspect was found half naked and armed with a shotgun.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 6:42:21 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Memphis Firefighter Caught On Camera Parked Illegally While Shopping

(VIDEO) Some are concerned about government workers abusing their authority, like firefighters and postal workers parking in no parking zones and handicapped spots. A Memphis firefighter is in trouble for what he was captured doing on camera. A picture of a Memphis firefighter doing some shopping is not so shocking, but it’s where his car was parked Tuesday outside Costco that outraged a fellow shopper.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 4:38:39 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Bradley County Fire Board to extend its districts

The Bradley County Fire Board will recommend an extension of the county’s fire districts measured from the established paid fire stations. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis presented the new map to the board showing the new districts will be calculated five road miles from the county’s 10 stations fully staffed by paid emergency personnel.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 1:45:00 PM - SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner

Townsend: Dancing Bear Lodge and Restaurant opts not to rebuild lodge destroyed by fire

The owners of a well-known Townsend resort where a fire destroyed the main lodge in November have opted to not rebuild and to sell the property. The remaining cabins at Dancing Bear Lodge and Restaurant will be managed by Dogwood Cabins, according to a news release from Matt Alexander, managing partner of the facility.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 1:27:38 PM - SOURCE: knoxnews.com

Police Officer Responding To Call Finds Fire At Nashville Apartments

A police officer responding to a vandalism call discovered a fight and a fire at an Antioch apartment complex. Officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department were called out to the Hickory Lake Apartments on Apache Trail for a possible vandalism call just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. When an officer arrived, he found several people fighting.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 6:56:32 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Search To Resume For 16-Year-Old Drowning Victim In Percy Priest Lake

(VIDEO) Weather has delayed the the recovery effort of the body of a 16-year-old boy who drowned in Percy Priest Lake Tuesday afternoon. The drowning victim was identified as Kortae Hughes. Officials with the Metro Office of Emergency Management said the heavy rain and lightning would prevent divers from resuming the search for his body on Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 6:55:22 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Woman killed in Maynardville mobile home blaze

A Maynardville woman died Wednesday morning when flames erupted in her mobile home. A neighbor in the mobile home park at 3725 Maynardville Highway alerted the E-911 Center at 6:34 a.m. of the fire, according to the dispatch center. The fire was about one block from the dispatch center. Firefighters from multiple agencies arrived to find flames shooting from the rear of the single-wide trailer, said Maynardville Police Chief Brian Smith.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 6:33:18 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Two Dogs Killed in Shelby County House Fire

Two dogs were killed in a house fire early this morning. The fire started around 4:15 a.m. at a house on Showboat Ln. which is located just north of Shelby Farms in an unincorporated area of Shelby County. One person inside the home escaped the fire but was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2014 3:38:59 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Johnson City Fire Department: Cause of fire that destroyed home unknown

Firefighters said they were still working to discover what started a fire that spread through a Johnson City home and rendered it uninhabitable. At around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Johnson City firefighters responded to a call of a house fire at 80 New St., less than a quarter-mile from Fire Station 3 at 505 E.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2014 8:45:42 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Nashville: Rescue workers deliver baby in Rosewood Heights

Rosewood Heights Fire Protection District firefighters received an unexpected delivery Friday. RHPD firefighters responded to a call on Carol Lee Drive shortly before 8 a.m. Friday for a woman going into labor. Rosewood Heights resident Laura Jones said hours earlier her daughter, Cheyanna, woke her up complaining of back pain.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2014 3:05:04 AM - SOURCE: Macon County Times

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger, Townsend firefighter get bravery awards

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger Brad Griest and Townsend Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Christopher Scarbrough were honored by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for saving the life of a motorist. Jewell presented awards to the men Thursday at the Department of the Interior’s 69th Honor Awards Convocation in Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2014 9:48:23 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Clarksville shifts focus from one new fire station to another

A new fire station for the Exit 1 area isn’t likely to open for at least two years as the city concentrates instead on building a fire station near Exit 8 and the site of the planned Hankook Tire plant. Mayor Kim McMillan’s proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget includes $1.8 million for construction of Fire Station 12, which must be built as part of an agreement with Hankook, and $1.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2014 7:36:57 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Grease fire may be to blame for displacing 15 seniors in Hawkins County

(VIDEO) The Rogersville Police Department says a grease fire may be to blame for forcing 15 elderly people from their apartments in Hawkins County. Caution tape is blocking the entrances, windows are broken out, and some black marks show where the fire was at Burton Plaza, an assisted living facility.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2014 6:43:20 PM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Vehicle Arson is a Combustible Crime

Every year, the U.S. Fire Administration and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office raises awareness about arson and its impact on our communities. “Arson destroys more than buildings. It can devastate a community through the decline of the neighborhood with increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue and a decrease in property values,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2014 7:38:34 AM - SOURCE: Discover Paris Tennessee

Woman arrested after allegedly stealing ambulance from Englewood fire station

A McMinn County woman is behind bars after police say she broke into an Englewood fire station overnight and stole an ambulance. Authorities say 41-year old Terri Efaw broke into the fire station on Carroll Street and drove straight through the large bay door early Saturday morning. "The ambulance crew heard a vehicle start up," said Englewood Fire Chief Billy Roach.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Channel 9

Rutherford County family of 10 escape house fire

A family of ten was misplaced by an early morning house fire in Rutherford County.David and Cassandra Ellis were home with their eight children, ages two to 15, when their home on Halls Hill Pike caught on fire at 3:15 a.m. Saturday. They managed to escape with only the pajamas they were wearing. “They got out with their lives and that was it,” Lascassas Fire Chief Trey Nunley said.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2014 4:41:30 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Cleveland firefighters plan open houses on May 17

Cleveland firefighters welcome the public to visit the city’s fire stations May 17 for an open house. The third annual open house Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the front-line defenders against fire, medical, hazardous material contamination and other emergencies including water rescue and vehicle extrication.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2014 9:09:56 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner

Sevier County dental office goes up in flames

Firefighters spent Saturday night and Sunday morning checking up on the ruins of a Sevier County business to make sure any hot spots didn't flare up. The Pigeon Forge Fire Department said they first learned of the fire Saturday morning after receiving a call about a brush fire. Firefighters soon discovered that the smoke was actually stemming from a fire at "The Dental Office" along Florence Drive.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2014 3:38:12 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Rutherford County child severely burned playing with lighter found near home

An 8-year-old Rutherford County boy remains in the hospital with severe burns after he was playing with a lighter, which exploded and caught his shirt on fire.Fire officials say sad stories like this are preventable, and a few simple reminders could keep your children safe from harm. Tammy Huddleston says her grandson, Charles Daniel Brewer, has had a tough life.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2014 6:05:22 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

La Vergne votes not to renew contract with rescue unit

The La Vergne Board of Mayor and Alderman voted Thursday night not to renew its contract with the city’s rescue unit. City leaders say the decision came down to finances. "We now have a full-time fire department with fire personnel who are fully trained to do extrication and that actually has been the sole function of the rescue unit," said Kathy Tyson, spokesperson for the City of La Vergne told News 2.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2014 4:35:57 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Arson Awareness Week targets vehicle fires

This week the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is following suit with the U.S. Fire Administration to promote awareness about the impact of arson on the community. The 2014 Arson Awareness Week theme is “Vehicle Arson — A Combustible Crime.” According to Katelyn Abernathy, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, arson is something that affects us more than it should.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2014 2:11:01 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Franklin firefighters to receive Ed Moody Award of Excellence from Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee announced Captain Clay Mackey and Engineer David Edge as recipients of the 2nd Annual Ed Moody Award of Excellence. They are being recognized for their efforts in organizing the Franklin Firefighters’ Annual Toy & Clothing Drive. They will accept the award at the 25th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner taking place on May 13, 2014 in Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williamson Herald

Lebanon Fire Dept. and Wilson Co. Emergency Management Agency crews battle cargo fire

Emergency crews from Lebanon Fire Department and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency battled a cargo fire late Tuesday night on Interstate 40. Lebanon Assistant Fire Chief Jason Baird said units responded to the call around 10:45 p.m. at the 232-mile marker on I-40 eastbound. Baird said the initial dispatch was that the brakes of a FedEx trailer were on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2014 1:16:50 PM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Memphis City Council pension report contradicts others

Consultants hired by the Memphis City Council report the city’s pension problem may not be as dire as the Wharton administration first predicted, but is worse than the firefighters union found in its own report. The Segal Company, a human resources consulting firm, found the city pension is underfunded by $467 million.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2014 8:47:04 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Agencies partner to create nation's first Incident Management Training Facility

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation today broke ground on a first of its kind training facility. The Tennessee Traffic Incident Management Training Facility will be used to teach best practices for safe, quick clearance of major highway incidents.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2014 7:40:08 AM - SOURCE: Business Clarksville

Candle Blamed for Lookout Valley House Fire

A family in Lookout Valley was using a candle for light this morning and the result was a house fire, according to Chattanooga Fire Department spokesperson Bruce Garner. Garner said the call came in at 6:35 am to 3613 Kellys Ferry Road. Battalion Chief Nate Middlebrooks said the family was in the process of moving.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2014 7:37:36 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

West Nashville 911 calls capture confusion after skydivers mistaken for plane crash

(VIDEO) News 2 obtained the 911 tapes capturing the concern and confusion over the strange lights, which turned out to be night skydivers, over Bellevue and West Nashville earlier this week. Some people mistook the skydivers on Monday as a plane crash and called 911. The skydivers, who were performing for a child abuse awareness event, were wearing pyrotechnic devices on their legs.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2014 9:10:51 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

2 Charged With Reckless Endangerment After Truck Fire in Murfreesboro

Two suspects have been charged in connection with a truck fire at an apartment complex in Murfreesboro. Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department said Jonathan Bess, age 22, and William Billy Hodge, age 23, were arrested Wednesday afternoon, following a truck fire incident at Windcrest Apartments.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2014 8:24:29 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Crashed plane located in Lauderdale County; Pilot reportedly unconscious

(VIDEO) The small plane that went missing around 11 a.m. on Wednesday was found crashed in a wooded area two hours later. According to the Tipton County sheriff, the pilot's name is Kent Wingate, 62. Firefighters on the scene say Wingate was unconscious, but his heart rate and blood pressure were stable.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2014 10:50:59 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Arson suspected as Rhea County duplex burns twice in one night

The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a suspected arson after a duplex in Spring City caught fire twice in one night, according to a county fire department report. At around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, county fire departments responded to a blaze on Moon Lane in Spring City. Rhea County Fire Department Assistant Chief and Investigator Chuck Kinney said that the fire caused minimal damage to one of the apartments and was ruled accidental after an investigation.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2014 2:40:16 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Herald-News

Small fire damages Arrow Exterminators building in Maryville

Maryville firefighters were called to the scene of a small fire at Arrow Exterminators at 309 S. Washington St. in Maryville early Tuesday evening. Dispatchers received the call at about 5:06 p.m., where heavy smoke and a few small flames could be seen coming from the building. About 15 Maryville firefighters were on the scene, with the assistance of six Alcoa firefighters under automatic aid, along with the Blount County Rescue Squad.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2014 9:14:13 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Johnson City assistant fire chief's position ladder no easy climb

When the assistant fire chief for operations position became available last year following a retirement, Johnson City Fire Chief Mark Scott was confident it would be filled within just a few months. Now, 13 months later, the position has yet to be permanently filled. That’s not to say Scott hasn’t been trying.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 7:42:08 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Follow-up: Memphis Firefighter Union President Says Something Bad Is Going To Happen In This City

Safety is once again at the forefront of the Memphis Fire Fighters’ Association. Leaders had some heated comments after three of their own were hurt in the line of duty Sunday. The union is blaming budget cuts, among other things, for the recent increase in injuries. There have been two big fires in two weeks.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 4:38:10 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Dangerous chemicals investigated after Highland Strip fire

Part of the Highland Strip is gone after a massive fire Sunday. Investigators are working to determine the exact cause of the fire. Signatures Custom Apparel and The Peddler Bike Shop storage building are now rubble on South Highland Street. Firefighters used a backhoe to collapse the building, which was too dangerous to stand in, after an inferno ripped through two businesses.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 3:47:12 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Johnson City Fire Department internal investigation completed, city withholding comment for now

An internal investigation into the alleged actions of a Johnson City Fire Department supervisor is now complete, but the city says it won't be able to release any information about the findings until that employee meets with the city manager. It's unclear when that meeting will take place. A city spokesperson says the goal is "as soon as possible.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 12:40:06 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Billy Vinson honored for 40 years of service with Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department Training Coordinator Billy Vinson was honored May 1 in recognition of his 40 years of service with the department. Vinson surpassed the department’s modern-day years of service record of 39 years, which was held by Firefighter Joe Finney. Vinson started his career with MFRD, when it was still Murfreesboro Fire Department, on May 1, 1974.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 7:43:53 AM - SOURCE: Murfreesboro, TN

Chattanooga duplex fire leaves woman homeless

Chattanooga firefighters believe a pan of grease ignited in a blaze that heavily damaged half of a Hixson duplex Saturday afternoon. The fire at 1320 Mayfield Lane left a 74-year-old woman uninjured but homeless, according to Battalion Chief Don Bowman. The woman's bird was lost in the fire and her three cats are missing, Bowman said.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 6:41:16 AM - SOURCE: times free press

Fire destroys North Knox County mobile home; no injuries reported

A fire destroyed a mobile home in North Knox County on Monday morning, according to a Rural/Metro official. No injuries were reported. No occupants were at the home in the 8000 block of Ventis Lane at the time of the fire, which was reported around 5 a.m., said Rural/Metro Capt. Scott Roberts. He said the fire was “fully involved” and that the structure was “falling in on itself” when authorities arrived.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 4:43:08 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Three Firefighters Hurt In Memphis Printing Shop Fire

At least two businesses were destroyed after a two alarm fire on Highland Ave. The blaze started in Signatures-X, a t-shirt shop, and spread to Division 9 Floor Coverings. Three firefighters were injured battling the blaze that took two hours to get under control. One was hurt from glass cutting his face, the other from smoke inhalation and the third had chest pains.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wreg news channel 3

Dollywood's Firechaser Express commemorates local firefighters

International Firefighters Day was Sunday, and Dollywood wanted to make sure local firefighters get the recognition they deserve. Officials with the theme park unveiled a monument to commemorate the men and women who put their lives on the line. The ceremony was held at the entrance of Dollywood's newest roller coaster, the FireChaser Express.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2014 5:53:33 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

EMTs Threatened While Assisting Patient In Madison

A group of Emergency Medical Technicians were threatened recently, while assisting a patient in northern Davidson County. Thursday night, EMTs with the Nashville Fire Department responded to a person who was sick in Madison. When they arrived, a man who was with the patient was reportedly upset. "It appears that a family member was agitated because they didn't come in with their lights and siren.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2014 7:58:47 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Columbia man charged with aggravated arson

A Columbia man nearly died after police said he purposely started a fire in his own home. The incident reportedly stemmed from a domestic dispute. The Columbia Daily Herald reported that police responded to a 911 call made by someone in the home Wednesday afternoon. First responders found smoke billowing out of the backside of the home on West 14th Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2014 6:23:38 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Flames erupt in North Knoxville church

Firefighters on Friday morning quickly knocked down flames that had erupted in the basement of a North Knoxville church. Authorities were alerted at 6:51 a.m. of smoke coming from the bell tower of the Iglesia Christiana Restauracion, 4016 Oakland Drive, according to the Knox County E-911 Center. Firefighters from three engines, one ladder truck and a rescue truck laid fire hoses across Oakland Drive, closing the street, said Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2014 5:37:19 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Blaze destroys home in Wilson County

A fire Thursday morning destroyed a home on Simmons Bluff Road in rural southeastern Wilson County. “It was a total loss,” said Joey Cooper, director of Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. No one was injured in the blaze. The fire was reported by a neighbor at 9:30 a.m. Cooper said the house, located at 5231 Simmons Bluff Road, was fully involved and flames were coming through the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2014 3:51:29 AM - SOURCE: Wilson Post

Clarksville City Council honors heroic firefighters

At their meeting Thursday, Mayor Kim McMillan and the Clarksville City Council honord four members of Clarksville Fire Rescue for their heroism in saving the life of a woman who was seriously injured in a mobile home fire. In the early morning of April 9, Lieutenant Billy Castle, Michael Rios, Richard Cayce and Jobe Moore responded to the fire at 1840 Evans Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2014 10:49:01 PM - SOURCE: WZZP-FM Z97.5

Bolivar volunteer firefighter's home destroyed while on the job at separate fire

A Bolivar volunteer firefighter's home is destroyed by flames Wednesday night, while he was on the job fighting another fire. John Tillman told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he learned his home was engulfed from his fiance, Kimberly Navarro, who was home with their 5-week-old daughter. "I never thought I would come to my own house fire," Tillman expressed.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2014 8:57:23 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Dyersburg Fire Dept. seeks funding for upgraded system

The Dyer County E911 board was presented with a couple of proposals from the Dyersburg Fire Department in Tuesday night's meeting. In his presentation, Capt. John Doyle of the Dyersburg Fire Department explained the need to purchase mobile data terminals (MDTs). "When we get a call for an emergency, we have to react just like law enforcement," said Doyle.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2014 1:04:50 PM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Tractor trailer destroyed by fire along I-24E

Interstate 24 eastbound has reopened following a tractor trailer fire early Thursday morning. The tractor trailer caught fire near mile marker 37 around 1 a.m. Drivers of cars on the interstate noticed the fire and flagged down the driver, who attempted to put out the flames. The driver disconnected the cab from the trailer and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2014 6:17:36 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Photo taken of citizens helping Memphis firefighters sparks discussion

Memphians helping to fight fires? That is what a picture making the rounds on the Internet shows. It is raising questions about whether cuts made to fire services are too deep. The photo appears to show citizens helping fire fighters pull a water line in a Saturday blaze that injured four firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMC ActionNews 5

Hendersonville to deliver weather alerts by phone, social media

April 2014 has gone out with a major bang. Severe weather has plagued much of the South the last 48 hours. That's exactly why one mid-state city has considered at a new system to get crucial alerts out in just about any way imaginable. A community can go from peaceful to devastated in a matter of moments.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2014 5:22:17 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Memphis man rescued from house fire

A 72-year-old man was rescued form a burning house in the 1000 block of White Station. Firefighters went into the burning home and pulled the man out. No name has been released, we do know the man is in critical condition. “Careless use of smoking materials” is the cause for the fire according to an initial investigation.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2014 3:56:14 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Johnson City Fire Department: iPads helping with better response times

Local firefighters are using technology to help them get to you faster, when you need them most. The Johnson City Fire Department is now using iPads. When 911 dispatches the firefighters to a call, the alert immediately comes up on the iPad with the location and what they're being dispatched to. The city is still working out a few glitches, but the firefighters are required to not rely on the new technology, but use it as a tool, which they say is improving their response time.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2014 3:06:19 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Johnson County pontoon boat with pump uses lake water to fight fires

Citizens of Johnson County depend on our local volunteer fire departments to provide quick response to a wide variety of emergency situations. Thanks to the generosity and support of a grateful community, one department is now better equipped to provide service quickly and efficiently. Currently, the Dry Run Volunteer Fire Department operates out of three stations with a fleet of nine trucks.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2014 1:06:21 PM - SOURCE: Mountain City Tomahawk

Tennessee fire marshal urges safety about lightning during storm season

Tennessee Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak says residents of the state should take precautions and be aware of the risks when it comes to lightning. McPeak's office says National Weather Service figures indicate lightning causes about 4,400 home structure fires annually as well as 12 fire-related deaths and $1 billion in damages.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2014 7:50:09 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Signal Fire Department trains in rope rescue with new equipment

Signal Mountain firefighters just finished their annual training in rope rescue, and this year they got to brush up on their skills using their own equipment. The Signal Mountain Town Council approved the purchase of rope rescue equipment, including belays, ropes and other rigging elements, in the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2014 11:46:06 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

One Killed In Murfreesboro House Fire

One person was killed Tuesday afternoon, in a house fire in Rutherford County. Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department said the fire was reported just before 4 p.m. at a home located on Minor Street in Murfreesboro. When crews arrived on the scene, they said smoke and flames were visible from the back of the house.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2014 6:14:30 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Jackson Firefighters Teach ROTC Cadets Life Skill

ROTC students at South Side High School received CPR training from some very credible instructors on Tuesday. Jackson firefighters say they were asked by the ROTC commander to help train his cadets. Crews say teaching them how save a life now can make a difference later. "If we can get to them younger -- in their teens or preteens -- where they learn the skill, they can obtain the skill, retain it, then this will go with them throughout their adult life," Rico Bryson with the Jackson Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2014 4:46:42 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department receives donated pet oxygen masks

Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley makes generous donation thanks to the help of Seymour Volunteer Fire Department Volunteer. Her name is Deryn Kellogg, a customer of Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley and volunteer at the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department. She saw the need for specialized oxygen masks for pets and offered to buy three masks, if Invisible Fence would match her donation.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2014 2:09:43 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Lincoln County man watches as neighbor's home destroyed

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency just issued its formal count from a devastating tornado in Lincoln County: Two dead, six injured — a grim confirmation of an early tally issued Monday night. Other reports said the dead are a man and a woman who were in a mobile home. Fayetteville resident Dane Grissom, who lives near Price Lane, said he was on the porch, calling his wife, when he heard the siren.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2014 6:44:43 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Lightning strike causes fire at Lebanon Cracker Barrel offices

Lebanon firefighters, along with torrential rain from Monday’s storms, extinguished a fire at Cracker Barrel headquarters caused by lightning. According to Lebanon Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Jason Baird, lightning struck a ground wire on one of the heating and air conditioning units at Cracker Barrel headquarters on South Hartmann Drive at about 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2014 2:01:36 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat - metered site

Follow-up: Memphis firefighters injured while battling downtown blaze

(VIDEO) Four Memphis firefighters are recovering after a wall collapsed on them during a massive blaze in downtown on Saturday. Smoke could be seen billowing from miles around Memphis and the Mid-South. The fire ignited around 3 p.m. at an old commercial building located at 806 Walnut Street. The fire and smoke was big enough that it was even picked up on the weather radars at WMC Action News 5.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2014 8:17:59 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Union blames budget cuts for warehouse fire slow response in Southern Memphis

Flames were raging Saturday afternoon at a massive, vacant warehouse fire in the 800 block of Suzette in South Memphis and the closest ladder truck sat out of service. The Memphis Fire Department said because of budget cuts this is a growing problem. More and more recently the department is without one or the other.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2014 6:39:53 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

4 Memphis firefighters hurt when wall collapses

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a massive building fire Saturday afternoon in South Memphis. Four firefighters were briefly trapped after an explosion sent a wall and roof collapsing on top of them. All four are expected to be OK according to the Memphis Fire Department. The fire happened at 2:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WREG Memphis

Sharon raises money for firefighter after blaze destroys his home

For most residents in Sharon, helping their Assistant Fire Chief Mike Beal, comes as second nature. Something the assistant chief's wife Deena Beal says, is breathtaking. "You may think you're just giving a few bucks to help some one out, but then when all that comes together it's just overwhelming," Deena Beal said.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2014 10:39:00 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Andersonville fire department money on hold for charging membership fees

A local volunteer fire department had their county funding put on hold because they decided to charge a membership fee. The Anderson County Commission voted this week to withhold $20,000 from the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department. The department started charging a membership fee last year based on square footage, which amounts to between $100 and $200 a year for most homeowners.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2014 3:45:10 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Careless brush burning still an issue in Hamilton County

Rick Joyce lives in Lakesite, a short distance down Hixson Pike from where a brush fire Wednesday destroyed a vacant house. Strong breezes helped spread it. "There was a lot of smoke. It got more intense," recalls Joyce. "The wind was blowing toward the city so this area was feeling the effects of the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2014 3:40:57 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Crossville Fire gets new, lighter gear

Jeremy Mangas puts on his new lightweight gear. It only weighs 7 pounds compared to his old gear that weighs 30. That difference matters when he's trying to help you out of a bad situation...Crossville Fire Chief Mike Turner says, "It's night and day." Firefighters will still wear these with the thermal barrier to structure fires.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2014 2:47:41 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Elderly man critically burned in South Nashville

A 72-year-old man has been taken to the hospital after a house fire in south Nashville. Firefighters were called to the home on Citrus Drive near Paragon Mills Road on Friday morning. The man is said to have third-degree burns and injuries to his neck and shoulders. There is no word on the cause of the fire at this time.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2014 6:50:10 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Authorities seek cause of blaze that destroyed Roan Mountain building

Authorities are still working to find the cause of a Thursday afternoon fire that destroyed a building at 136 Jess Mosley Road in Roan Mountain. The fire – in a building firefighters said is owned by Wayne Mosley – started at around 3 p.m. and was reported by a lawn care worker who was working in the neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2014 5:34:06 AM - SOURCE: Elizabethton Star

Chattanooga Firefighters Save Several Southside Businesses

Quick work by Chattanooga firefighters saved several businesses on the Southside late Thursday night. A pedestrian walking down the street saw smoke and flames coming from the two-story commercial structure and flagged someone down to call 911. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 9:42 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2014 5:32:29 AM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

State Fire Marshal urges wildfire preparedness

Tennessee’s rural landscape is well know for its beauty, often prompting residents to build homes near its forests or in its mountains. But according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, this is not without a measure of risk. Wildfire preparedness is something to be taken seriously, and the first place to start is with a comprehensive plan.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2014 1:17:15 PM - SOURCE: Knox News

Dickson County building likely 'total loss' after fire

The county's former EMS building is likely a total loss after an early morning fire Thursday "gutted" much of the structure's interior and engulfed the roof, according to Dickson County EMS Director Rob Fisher. Dickson Fire Department crews responded to the fire about 4 a.m. but firefighters believe the blaze had been burning "for a while" when they arrived, Fisher said.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2014 5:21:00 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Henderson: Alarms malfunctioned during carbon monoxide leak in Freed-Hardeman University dorm

Three students felt sick late Tuesday night when a carbon monoxide leak occurred in the Bradfield female dormitory at Freed-Hardeman University. Alarms malfunctioned and didn’t sound with the leak occurred, according to school officials. The building was evacuated after students began to notice an unusual smell and reported their concerns to the dorm mother.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2014 4:13:37 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Brush fire spreads and destroys home in Lakesite

A house in Lakesite went up in flames, when a brush fire spread through a yard. Around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 91-hundred block of Berry Lane, where an abandoned house was on fire. Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading throughout the dry grass.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 8:41:24 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

North Nashville Home Destroyed By Fire; Firefighter Hospitalized

A firefighter was hospitalized while fighting a fire that destroyed a north Nashville home on Tuesday night. Fire crews reported heavy smoke and flames when they arrived to the home in the 11000 block of Bell Grimes Lane just before 10 p.m. A family of four was able to escape the home without injury.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 5:04:28 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

One injured in North Knoxville house fire

One person was sent to the hospital for injuries sustained in a house fire in North Knoxville on Tuesday night, according to the Knoxville Fire Department. KFD units were dispatched to the house in the 4100 block of Wake Robin Drive, off Glasgow Road, for a report of a fire shortly after 9 p.m., KFD spokesman Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 3:38:01 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Follow-up: Memphis Firefighters Concerned About Budget's Impact

(VIDEO) Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the deadly fire at the Waring Park Apartments Tuesday morning. Fire station 24 is only 100 yards away and crews made it to the scene in one minute. But there is concern about response time when it comes to Mayor A C Wharton's proposed budget.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2014 4:44:00 PM - SOURCE: Local Memphis

Two Surgoinsville men indicted for $28K insurance fraud, arson scheme

Two Surgoinsville men charged in an arson and insurance fraud scheme dating back to 2012 were indicted Monday by a Hawkins County grand jury. Michael S. Caldwell, 39, 1985 Longs Bend Road, and Brandon Eugene Frost, 28, 103 Forest View Drive, were arrested in February in connection with a 2012 scheme to "get rid" of a 2007 Chevy Tahoe, which later resulted in a $28,054 insurance settlement.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2014 12:45:44 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Early morning fire kills Memphis man

(VIDEO) One man is dead after an early morning fire at an apartment complex in Berclair. Memphis firefighters were called to the complex on Powell Avenue this morning just after six. The Memphis Fire Department's Public Information Officer says one man was killed in that fire and four apartments were destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2014 7:38:44 AM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

4 fires in 2 hours stretch Sevier County crews thin

A string of fires in Sevier County Monday destroyed a couple homes and burned several acres of land. Making matters worse, firefighters say they all started around the same. The Sevier County Fire Department says four fires started between 2 o'clock and 4:30 Monday afternoon. First firefighters battled a brush fire near Gatlinburg that burned five acres.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2014 7:38:30 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Hardin County Man Dies in Cooking Fire

Hardin County firefighters said a man is dead in an Easter morning fire, in what officials are calling their first deadly fire in years. "[A] Situation like that you don't think a whole, lot you more react than anything," Jason West said, the victim's neighbor. West describes the frantic fight to save his neighbor, 28-year-old Matthew Allen Morgan, who Hardin County firefighters said died of smoke inhalation in a cooking fire Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2014 6:44:42 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Fire damages Kingsport garbage truck

You know your day's not looking too good when the first call you get in the morning is about a garbage truck on fire. But that's exactly the call Kingsport Streets and Sanitation Manager Ronnie Hammonds got early Monday.Hammonds said he got a call from one of his workers at about 8 a.m. Monday that one of the automated garbage collection trucks had caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2014 6:43:00 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Home Destroyed by Fire in Dalton

Dalton firefighters battled a house fire at 602 Top Street Monday afternoon. It happened just after 1 pm. Firefighters said the home was already fully involved by the time they got the call and arrived. There was nobody inside and no one was hurt. The building however was a total loss. Investigators from the Dalton Fire Department are still on scene working to determine the cause of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2014 1:36:49 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Crews battle more East Hamblen forest fires

A suspected arson fire has burned more woodland in the Anderson Bend Road area of East Hamblen County, a detective said this morning. What’s not clear is whether the fire that burned Saturday and Sunday was a newly set arson fire or a continuation of the one that was set on Thursday, according to Detective Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2014 9:06:39 AM - SOURCE: Morristown Citizen Tribune

Update: Authorities halt search for remains of boy, 5, in burned Sevier County cabin rubble

Authorities have halted the search for the remains of a 5-year-old boy who perished last week in a Sevier County cabin fire. On Monday, authorities announced the multiagency search for the remains of Tyveon Temple among the charred rubble of the April 12 blaze had stopped. Tyveon was from Indianapolis.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2014 8:48:07 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Elderly woman and her son die in Monroe County house fire

(VIDEO) Authorities say an elderly woman and her son died Sunday in a house fire. It happened on Short Bark Road in Madisonville around 9:30 AM. Three fire departments within the county were dispatched to the blaze. Officials have identified the victims as 86-year-old Louise Turner and 51-year-old William Vincent Turner.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2014 5:32:02 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Family of five displaced by house fire in south Nashville

The Red Cross is helping a family of five after flames ripped through their South Nashville home late Sunday afternoon. Crews rushed to the scene of the home, in the 500 block of Blue-Water Drive just after 3 p.m. Flames and smoke could be seen shooting from the roof. Propane tanks were stored behind the home, which increased an already dangerous situation, causing minor explosions.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2014 3:35:59 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Knoxville firefighters team up to help one of their own

Knoxville firefighters are cooking hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at their headquarters on Summit Hill Drive to raise money to help a fellow firefighter and his family. The fundraiser will benefit the family of Capt. Frank Mallory whose 15-year-old daughter, Brooke, has autism and is undergoing treatment.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 3:46:24 PM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Follow-up: Deadly Explosion At McEwen Ammunition Plant Likely An Accident

(VIDEO) Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives believe a deadly explosion at an ammunition plant outside of McEwen was most likely an accident. The explosion at Rio Ammunition killed one person and left three others injured on Wednesday afternoon. The ATF National Response Team will begin to process the scene Friday to determine origin and cause of the blast, but agents said a preliminary inspection of the site did not indicate any foul play.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 5:08:32 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Man escapes overnight house fire in S. Knox County

A man is lucky to be alive after escaping from an overnight house fire in South Knox County Friday. Rural/Metro firefighters responded just after midnight to the fire on the 3200 block of Topside Road. Officials at the scene say the man was inside the house when it caught fire, but he made it out okay.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 4:36:05 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Follow-up: State fire marshal now investigating fatal Sevierville cabin fire

The state fire marshal's office has taken over the investigation of a fatal blaze at a rental cabin in Sevierville. Katelyn Abernathy, a spokeswoman for the office, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that investigators were still processing the scene. "It is a very complex investigation because it burned to the ground," she said.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TriCities.com

Tortoise rescue, no one injured in small house fire in Chattanooga

Part of a house is severely damaged from fire Thursday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m. on Alexis Circle, when Chattanooga Firefighters responded to the call they found smoke coming from the second story window above the garage. The occupant told firefighters there was a small fire in the office area on the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2014 9:37:03 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

1 killed, 3 injured in explosion at McEwen ammo plant

One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion at a factory that makes ammunition near the Hickman-Humphreys county lines. A spokesperson at Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed that Rodney Edwards died as a result of his injuries. As of Thursday morning, two of the people injured in the explosion remain at the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2014 6:47:26 AM - SOURCE: WSMV.com

Follow-up: New fire codes didn't apply to Sevier County cabin

When Sevier County and the state of Tennessee adopted building codes for the first time in 2009, the regulations included several new requirements for rental cabins like the one that burned down Saturday. Most of those regulations, however, didn’t apply to cabins that had already been built. The three-story, seven-bedroom cabin was occupied by an extended family of 22 people at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2014 2:12:05 AM - SOURCE: Sevierville Mountain Press

Man in serious condition after falling 150 yards from South Knoxville overlook

(VIDEO) A man is in serious condition Thursday after falling about 150 yards off Cherokee Trail where he and a co-worker had gone to see the city lights. The unidentified man in his 20s was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being rescued about 6:30 a.m., according to Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Knoxnews.com

Veteran Memphis Fire Department firefighter yet to be charged in death of St. Jude nurse

Veteran Memphis firefighter Raymond Glover still has not been charged almost two weeks after a fatal car crash took the life of a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital nursing supervisor. The 53-year-old Memphis Fire lieutenant, who was off-duty at the time of the fatal crash, remains on the job while Memphis Police continue their investigation into an April 5 car crash that killed 33-year-old Joshua Bichelman.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 2:41:48 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Fire Station Feasibility Study Calls For New Station In Signal Mountain

The town of Signal Mountain needs a second fire station. That’s what a recently completed study by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service reports. According to the plan of services for the annexed subdivisions of Fox Run and Windtree, the town agreed to conduct the study within 12 months of the annexation, which went into effect Dec.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 9:59:37 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department names new Assistant Chief of Medical Services

Kim Lawson has been named Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s new Assistant Chief of Medical Services. She will start the position on May 5. Lawson recently retired from the Nashville Fire Department after a thirty-four (34) year career. Her career began in 1979 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and she rose through the ranks to become a Paramedic District Chief and Assistant Chief of EMS, managing the emergency response of a staff of ambulances, and EMT’s and Paramedics throughout the city.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 8:31:44 AM - SOURCE: Murfreesboro, TN

Firefighters control blaze at Gatlinburg condominiums

(VIDEO) Firefighters have controlled a blaze at a Gatlinburg condominium building that started early this morning. The fire at the Summit of Gatlinburg, 1260 Ski View Drive, ignited at about 6 a.m., according to E-911 dispatchers. By 9:45 a.m. the fire had been controlled to where it wasn't spreading, and personnel from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge fire departments were working to extinguish the blaze, according to dispatchers.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Knox News

Report: Jackson firefighter said he was taking marijuana to cousin

A Jackson firefighter has been suspended without pay after being arrested this weekend on a felony drug charge and firearm possession. Jackson Fire Chief Max Stewart confirmed Tuesday that Darricus Lemont Gunn, 41, was suspended from the fire department pending an investigation into the charges. According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report, about 9 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2014 5:06:23 PM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Chattanooga firefighters put out porch fire

The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a house fire on Kelly's Ferry Road early Tuesday morning just after 7:30. Fire officials tell Channel 3 when firefighters arrived the fire on the porch wasn't big, but it kept homeowner Connie White from walking past it. So, a senior firefighter walked inside the house, picked up White, and carried her out past the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2014 9:13:41 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Car Fire Leads To Arrest Of Accused Rapist In Murfreesboro

(VIDEO) A man who reported that his car was set on fire outside a Murfreesboro motel early Monday was later arrested. Murfreesboro Police said the owner called to report his Honda Civic was on fire outside Motel Murfreesboro on NW Broad Street around 12:15 a.m. Witnesses said someone was seen running from the burning car.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2014 6:16:25 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Fire claims Boones Creek home, up to 17 animals' lives

Despite spending approximately seven hours battling a blaze, firefighters were unable to save a Boones Creek home, or what could have been as many as 17 animals that were trapped inside. On Monday afternoon, at around 3:27 p.m. Johnson City firefighters responded to a call of a house fire at 2020 Carroll Creek Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TimesNews.com

West Knox County Crew Follows Burning Train to Douse Fire

A rail car loaded with wooden railroad ties caught fire Sunday, shooting flames as high as 30 feet into the air as the freight train rolled through West Knox County, officials said. The first Rural/Metro fire engine responded about noon and followed the moving train for several minutes until it managed to come to a complete stop near West Emory Road at Brickyard Road in the Powell area, Rural/Metro Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Oak Ridge Fire Department officers receive national accreditation

The Center for Public Safety Excellence has notified three members of the Oak Ridge Fire Department that they have received national accreditation. The Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. is a nonprofit organization that, for more than a decade, has helped local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities, a press release said.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2014 10:38:37 PM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Rutherford County Student Saves Neighbor From Burning Apartment

A Rutherford County student has been credited with saving her neighbor from a burning apartment. Katie Kelly did the one thing firefighters tell you never to do: she ran into a burning building. "And, I'd do it again," said Kelly. Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Officers credited Kelly with saving a neighbor and her dog from a burning apartment.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2014 5:20:59 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Follow-up: Sevier County cabin fire raises questions about code enforcement

Investigators say they won't stop searching the scene of a deadly cabin fire until they find the body of a young boy. At this point, officials don't think it was arson, but they do know the fire started in the front deck of the house Saturday morning at the Cabins at the Crossing. 56-year-old Ricky Hudson and his five-year-old step-grandson Tayveon Temple died.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2014 4:39:36 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Fire Outside Memphis Raceway Burns 22 Cars

More than 20 cars were damaged in Millington during a fire outside the Memphis International Raceway Saturday afternoon, according to the Shelby County Fire Department. At 4 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire outside the racetrack. Upon arrival, firefighters called for backup. Two more Shelby County engines and two Millington fire engines responded.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2014 7:42:56 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Police: Man Set Fire That Destroyed Nashville Home After Argument

(VIDEO) A man was arrested after he allegedly set a home on fire after getting into an argument with his girlfriend. It happened around 10 p.m. Sunday in the 26000 block of Woodyhill Drive. A police affidavit said 30-year-old Joshua Dye got into an argument with his girlfriend at the home, and then allegedly punched her in the mouth in front of one of her children.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2014 5:17:53 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Memphis: Hazmat Situation at Methodist Hospital

(VIDEO) Emergency personnel responded to a hazmat situation at Methodist Hospital just before 7 p.m. Sunday night. Hospital officials encountered a female patient who had admitted to coming into contact with an unknown white substance that caused her to cough and vomit. The patient is an employee for FedEx and was unloading containers from an airline when she came into contact with the white substance.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2014 8:51:48 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Neighbors save three children from Memphis house fire

Paramedics rushed a mother and her three daughters to the hospital on Sunday morning after they were rescued from a fire that engulfed their home in Whitehaven. Not much was left of the home, located on 5100 block of Haleville Road, after the early morning fire destroyed it. Neighbor Sonya Spencer lives next door and woke up to the sound of the commotion next door.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2014 3:44:23 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

9-Year-Old Boy Saves Family from Carroll County House Fire

(VIDEO) A nine-year-old is being called a hero, after saving his family of six in a house fire. "I was trying to get him to get out of bed but he wouldn't get up and get out," Walker Ashley said, claiming he wasn't goig to leave his home without his brother. 9-year-old Ashley said he woke up to flames that put his family in grave danger.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2014 7:35:23 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Two years after Knoxville mulch fire lawmakers look at making changes

It's been nearly two years since a massive mulch fire blanketed downtown Knoxville with smoke, shut down businesses and cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now two years later, state lawmakers are behind an effort that would allow cities to recoup money spent battling fires like this one.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2014 2:23:39 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

La Vergne hires 11 firefighters for new fire department

The La Vergne Fire Department has hired 11 new firefighters to help staff the newly acquired department, according to a press release from the city. When the city of La Vergne purchased the privately held fire department on Jan. 1, officials planned to add new firefighters at the same cost as the previous contract.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2014 8:56:37 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

House destroyed by fire in Springfield

Three different agencies battled a house fire in Robertson County Friday morning. Our news partner Smokey Barn News said the fire began around 5 a.m. at a home on Valley Road near the intersection of Gunn Road North in Springfield. The homeowner, a Robertson County firefighter, said he heard a noise and thought someone was breaking in before he discovered the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2014 5:16:39 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Fire hydrant that Greene County deputies previously blocked moved back

(VIDEO) Almost a year after we raised questions about Greene County Sheriff's Office deputies parking illegally next to a fire hydrant, we've learned the town has moved the fire hydrant back, not because of the concerns but for another reason. The town says a water line break involving the fire hydrant on Depot Street next to the Greene County Sheriff's Office and jail prompted crews to move the hydrant back.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2014 1:46:22 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

City of Lebanon eyes new fire station

Lebanon may soon have a new fire station. City officials are looking to build what would be Station Four behind the Wendy’s Restaurant near the intersection of Highway 109 and Eastgate Boulevard. “This is probably something that should have happened four or five years ago,” said Lebanon fire Chief Chris Dowell during Tuesday’s budget work session with city council.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2014 1:34:45 PM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Two Jackson Sonic employees charged with arson

Jackson police have charged two Sonic employees with arson and felony vandalism after they were accused of intentionally setting a fire inside the Sonic on North Highland Avenue. Dezeare Higgs, 18, and Kimberly Chalker, also known as Kimberly Gantt, 31, were arraigned Wednesday in Jackson City Court on charges of arson and vandalism over $1,000, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: jacksonsun.com

Update: Woman huffing gas caused fire at Hixson apartments, report says

Chattanooga firefighters say the cause of a March 29 fire at Mountain Brook Apartments in Hixson was a woman "huffing" gasoline in a bathroom. Firefighters had reported a "strong smell of gasoline" in the apartment where the fire started, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2014 11:59:35 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Sharon Firefighter Loses Home to Blaze

(VIDEO) A 20-year veteran of the Sharon Fire Department is on the other side of the job after his home is destroyed in a fire Tuesday. Assistant Fire Chie, Mike Beal, said he was in a training session with the Sharon Police Department when he got the call it was his home his coworkers were trying to save.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2014 8:53:06 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Follow-up: Lone Oak firefighter remembered

Friends and family of Joey Rutherford, who died in a recent motorcycle accident at age 29, say he was an experienced thrill seeker who knew how to ride a motorcycle even though he had only recently acquired his own. They also remembered the father of three boys and longtime volunteer firefighter as a man who cherished his family and was a friend to everybody he knew.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2014 3:02:41 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

School maintenance worker taken to hospital after collapsing at Madison Academic

This morning a member of the Jackson-Madison County School System Maintenance Department lost consciousness while working on scaffolding in the auditorium at Madison Academic Magnet High School. The employee's co-workers secured him in place until EMS and the Jackson Fire Department could arrive and effect a rescue, according to a news release from the school system.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2014 10:38:52 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun

Woman taken to hospital after mobile home fire

A woman was taken to the hospital after a mobile home fire in Clarksville on Wednesday morning. The woman called in the fire around 3:40 a.m. but somehow got trapped inside. Firefighters arrived to the scene soon after and rescued her from the home on Evans Road. She was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2014 6:43:57 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Cow rescued by Blount County rescue squad, firefighters after being stuck in culvert

A cow stuck in a culvert was rescued by the Blount County Rescue Squad and Blount County firefighters late Tuesday afternoon. Rescue Squad personnel were dispatched to 670 Prospect Road in Walland near Doc Norton Road at 4:50 p.m. to assist the handlers of the cow that was stuck, according to Rescue Squad spokeswoman Laura Osgood.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2014 9:45:05 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department needs more volunteers, donations

A steady increase in calls has the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department asking for your help with more volunteers and donations. Like many other volunteer departments, they say they're always in need of help, but even more so now because their coverage area is growing in population, and warmer weather means more transportation accidents to respond to.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2014 8:03:01 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Columbia fire truck tied to area history

A Columbia man used the prospect of massive crowds for the annual Mule Day festivities to showcase a piece of local history for visitors and locals alike. Resting on the sidewalk of Bubba’s Cafe, 926 S. Main St., Columbia, was a 1946 Ford F-6 fire truck that was once used by the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2014 6:35:39 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Retired Chattanooga police officers, firefighters sue over pension changes

Two retired Chattanooga police officers and two retired Chattanooga firefighters filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Chancery Court against the Chattanooga and Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund after changes to pension benefits eliminated annual 3 percent cost-of-living increases for retired public safety employees.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2014 2:59:24 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Trial Date Set For Man Accused Of Killing In-Laws In Lebanon Explosion

A tentative trial date has been set for the man accused of killing his in-laws with an explosive device in Lebanon. During a brief hearing Tuesday morning in Wilson County Circuit Court, Judge John Wootten, Jr. set the trial for Richard Parker on October 28 in an attempt to keep the case moving quickly.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2014 5:25:26 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Knoxville family escapes fire on home's porch

Two adults and two child were able to escape a fire Monday night in Knoxville. The fire started just before 9:00 p.m. at a home on Luttrell St. Firefighters arrived to find the front porch of a three story home engulfed in flames. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire on the front porch, then started making their way into the home to douse flames that had gone through the wall.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2014 8:48:01 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Clarksville Fire Rescue honors Firehouse Subs for support during fire

Clarksville Fire Rescue presented a certificate of appreciation to Firehouse Subs. The business furnished fire crews with sandwiches while they fought a fire at Burger King on Wilma Rudolph Blvd on March 20. The fire is being investigated by the insurance company. Clarksville Fire Rescue has assisted with information and reports of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2014 6:40:36 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Hamilton County Emergency Services Moving Forward With Technology

In the past 12 months the Hamilton County Emergency Services Division of Fire training and the Division of Field Services has purchased new equipment to provide improved public safety to the citizens of Hamilton County. Both in and out of the classroom, technology is booming in the fire service, and officials said HCES is at the cutting edge.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2014 5:58:25 PM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Memphis: Passengers escape Madison Ave. trolley fire

Memphis Fire Department was called to reports of a trolley on fire at Madison Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard around 7:45 a.m. Monday. A viewer sent in video of the trolley engulfed in flames. WMC Action News 5 crews were on the scene soon after the call and saw MFD crews putting out the fire. According to passenger Patrick Davis, there were at least four people on the trolley when the fire broke out.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2014 6:45:26 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Union, Grainger county officer killed in Maynardville Highway crash

An officer with the Grainger County and Union County sheriff's departments was killed in a crash on Maynardville Highway early Wednesday morning. THP says Andrew Davidson, 18, was on his way home from a shift with the Union County Sheriff's Department when his motorcycle crossed the double yellow line and collided with a semi-truck around 2:30 am.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE

Forestry Division investigates string of arsons in Carter County

A string of fires have burned through hundreds of acres of forested land in Carter County and the Tennessee Division of Forestry told us they were started on purpose. The Division of Forestry said it's been difficult to narrow down any suspects because the fires were started in remote areas. They are still actively investigating the fires.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Man sets fire to Chattanooga's Dome Building for the second time

Chattanooga fire investigators now know who started a suspicious-looking fire a few months ago at the Dome Building at 736 Georgia Avenue. After pursuing various leads and getting the results of samples taken from the fire scene, which tested positive for an accelerant. 59-year-old Daniel Maier was charged with arson Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2014 2:11:03 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Old Hickory Home Destroyed By 2 Alarm Fire

(VIDEO) A home in Davidson County was completely destroyed by a fire Saturday night. The fire was reported just after 7 p.m. Saturday, at a home on Lakeshore Drive in Old Hickory. Two firehouses were dispatched to the large blaze. Firefighters initially ran inside, in an effort to attack the fire from the interior of the home but were eventually driven back by the immense flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2014 11:23:14 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Lightning might have caused Williamson County fire

Lightning might have caused the fire that tore through a Williamson County house this morning, according to an official on the scene. Williamson County Fire Coordinator Jay Bonson said investigators would confer with the National Weather Service before making an official ruling. Five fire departments responded to the blaze, which consumed a three-story home on Tulloss Road between Clovercroft Road and Wilson Pike.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2014 6:37:52 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Follow-up: Nashville man charged with setting ex’s car on fire

Metro Police arrested the man on Wednesday who they believe set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s car in West Nashville last week. Benjamin Dewayne Baker, 29, was charged with felony arson after he was accused of starting the fire on a 2007 Ford Mustang on March 25. Police responded to a car fire at the 300 block of Susannah Drive last Tuesday, according to a police affidavit.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2014 7:42:52 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Elderly South Knox man dies after trash fire

An elderly man has died after a trash fire caught his clothing on fire at his South Knox County home. Rural/Metro Fire Chief Jeff Devlin says Paris Graves, 90, was burning trash at his Smallwood Drive home Wednesday afternoon when his clothing caught fire. He was rushed to UT Medical Center. Graves died Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2014 1:44:51 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Jefferson County fire chiefs to create funding plan

As it begins work on the 2014-15 spending plan, County Commission’s budget committee wants the local fire chiefs’ association to propose a distribution plan for the county’s annual donation to local volunteer fire departments. Meeting Monday for three hours, the group also heard presentations from representatives of several non-profit groups who are seeking increases in the amount of county support they receive.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2014 1:15:56 PM - SOURCE: The Standard Banner

Chattanooga Firefighters Hampered by Fortified Doors in Blaze

Fire investigators are now calling the fire suspicious in nature.The fire caused $50,000 in damages. One of two businesses located in the same building was gutted by fire this morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department got the call around 10:30 a.m. and rushed to 901 Dodds Avenue. The building was shared by the Blue Spot lounge and Mercury Cab.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2014 10:49:42 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

People Of Memphis Concerned Downtown Building Could Come Crumbling Down

Some downtown residents are asking for help with an old building they fear is a threat to public safety. The building, which is right across the street from the fire department headquarters on Front, is falling apart. Neighbors are scared the building may come crashing down soon, leaving some people hurt.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2014 10:49:25 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

House severely damaged by fire on Noble Drive in Clarksville

Clarksville Fire Rescue responded to a house fire Wednesday afternoon and found heavy flames coming through the roof when they arrived. At about 1:30 p.m., a fire was reported at 731 Noble Drive, on the west edge of the city limits in a neighborhood off Donna Drive. A resident there had taken her dogs out and noticed fire outside.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2014 2:09:18 AM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Chattanooga attic fire leaves woman looking for a place to stay

(VIDEO) A house fire Wednesday morning leaves a woman looking for a place for her and her dog. It happened around 11:00 a.m. in the 5-thousand block of Woodlawn Drive. Chattanooga firefighters located the fire in the attic and were able to get it out within 10 minutes. No one was injured. The cause appears to be accidental and damage is estimated at 10-thousand dollars.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2014 5:42:15 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

La Vergne may require sprinkler systems in new construction

Fire sprinkler systems could soon become mandatory in another Middle Tennessee city. La Vergne is considering requiring the systems in all newly constructed homes and businesses. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to approve the first reading of the ordinance during Tuesday night's regular meeting.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2014 3:36:18 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Chattanooga: Mountain Creek Apartments fire linked to cigarette butts

(VIDEO) Chattanooga fire investigators say they believe improperly discarded cigarette butts caused a fire that destroyed two units at Mountain Creek Apartments in Chattanooga. Lt. Henry McElvain said that based on eyewitness accounts, the fire started on the deck of Apartment 174 on the first floor.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2014 6:47:00 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Memphis Apartment Building

Several families are homeless after a massive fire swept through an apartment building in Cordova overnight. The two-alarm fire broke out around 12:20 a.m. at the Trinity Lakes Apartments off Germantown Parkway north of Cordova Road. The fire quickly destroyed the three story building. It took nearly 100 firefighters to bring the flames under control.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2014 4:00:26 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Knoxville city workers demand automatic pay raise, some council members say no

Tuesday night's Knoxville city council meeting resulted in city employees still receiving an automatic pay raise, but not without some debate among council members. Councilman Nick Della Volpe said he wants to make a change to a law that's been instituted since 1981, which says city workers will automatically receive a 2.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2014 8:49:58 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Fire engine, pickup purchases approved by Erin board

Members of the Erin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday evening to allow the fire chief to buy and fire truck, as well as some breathing apparatus, and the city’s maintenance director to buy a new pickup. Fire Chief Danny Warren had found a 1996 low-mileage fire engine being sold by a Pennsylvania department for $55,000, complete with ladders and equipment such as rescue tools.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2014 8:18:07 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Juvenile Charged In Connection With Hay Bale Fires In Murfreesboro

Crews were called out to fight a hay fire at the Veterans Administration Hospital Golf Course in Rutherford County. Firefighters were called to the scene on Highway 231 North around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said 75 to 100 large bales of hay caught fire at a farm on the front of the VA golf course.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2014 3:13:02 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Cedar Hill Home Lost To Fire Under Investigation

(VIDEO) A home located at 1944 Stroudville Rd in Cedar Hill is a total loss after a fire which broke out sometime after midnight. Map location The call came in around 12:42am and by the time fire crews could arrive the home was already fully involved. Officials are calling the fire suspicious because there were no utilities hooked up to the home which was a rental property that had been vacant since January.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2014 4:04:35 AM - SOURCE: Smokey Barn News

Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department seeks donations for new equipment

The Dandridge Volunteer Fire Department is holding a spring fund drive to help pay for necessary equipment. Water customers of the town should look for a donation request letter in their most recent statements. You can give by mail or at several local offices. “We have had tremendous support from the community in the past, and we would like to see that continue,” said Fire Chief Andy Riley.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2014 3:15:00 AM - SOURCE: The Standard Banner

Johnson City Fire Department supervisor accused of harassment, internal investigation underway

An internal investigation is underway surrounding allegations that a Johnson City Fire Department supervisor made fun of a firefighter's haircut and then cut the man's hair. A City of Johnson City spokesperson said no one will be able to comment at this time about the allegations since "the matter is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2014 2:42:20 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Sequatchie County: Lone Oak firefighter killed in motorcycle crash

(VIDEO) The victim in this weekend's deadly motorcycle crash in Hixson is a local volunteer firefighter, friends told Channel 3. Joey Rutherford, 29, was a fireman for the Lone Oak Fire Department in Sequatchie County on Signal Mountain. He was killed Sunday morning on Hixson Pike just outside the Northgate Mall entrance.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2014 12:33:24 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

$1.45 million grant goes to Tennessee City Fire Department

Dickson County’s volunteer firefighters will be eligible for health care, child care, school reimbursement and retirement benefits after the federal government awarded a $1.45 million grant last week.Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department board member and firefighter Joe Muraca wrote and applied for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant last year.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the tennesseean

Volunteer firefighter charged with arson in Greene County

A volunteer fireman and the son of the department's chief is accused of arson. He is one of two people charged in connection to a series of barn fires this week in Greene County. The Greene County Sheriff's department arrested Thurman Jones and Cameron Waters, Junior. Both men are facing arson charges.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Washington County firefighters want to douse 'reckless burning'

Firefighters who have worked in Washington County say that there have been a higher number of brush fires this year, and that the majority of those fires may have resulted from illegal burning. Jonesborough Fire Department Chief Phil Fritts said his department had responded to 15 brush fires in the month of March, all of which took place outside the town of Jonesborough in Washington County.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2014 7:42:45 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Greeneville Police Department passes out fliers to help solve murder and arson case

Beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the Greeneville Police Department blocked off parts of W. Main Street and began handing out flyers. The flyers are asking anyone with any information about the double murder and arson that occurred on the street to contact the police department. Sunday, March 23rd, while on patrol an officer noticed smoke coming from a home on W.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2014 4:37:50 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Pigeon Forge purchases $1 million fire truck

On Monday, the City of Pigeon Forge authorized the purchase of an aerial platform truck for the fire station. The new truck replaces the current, 24-year-old ladder truck. This truck was originally a demo unit from the manufacturer. It is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and its overall design will offer better maneuverability and ease of operations.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2014 2:48:47 AM - SOURCE: Sevierville Mountain Press

Man Hurt In Fire That Destroyed La Vergne Home

(VIDEO) A man was injured while trying to put out a fire at his family's home in La Vergne early Friday morning. The fire broke out just before 3 a.m. on Old Farm Trail near Almondwood Place. When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were seen coming from the majority of the home. All four people living there made it out safely, but the father dislocated his shoulder and suffered burns while trying to fight the fire before firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2014 5:16:36 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

After recent brush fires, Oak Ridge Fire Department asks residents to be firewise

The Oak Ridge Fire Department has responded to an outbreak of brush fires during the past few weeks, and on Thursday, officials asked residents to take precautions to prepare for a potential event in their area. “Many people associate brush and wildland fires with California and ‘out West’ but that isn’t true,” ORFD Fire Chief Darryl Kerley said.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2014 6:37:11 PM - SOURCE: Oak Ridge Today

Four Murfreesboro residents displaced after triplex fire

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department quickly extinguished a fire at a triplex at 112 S. Bilbro Ave. Thursday afternoon, but the damage left four people seeking alternative shelter. MFRD’s Engine 1, Ladder 6 (running as Engine 15), Engine 3, and Rescues 2 and 8 arrived on scene to find visible smoke coming from the back of the structure, according to a news release from MFRD spokeswoman Ashley McDonald.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2014 5:33:00 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Knoxville apartment fire blamed on burning cigarettes

Knoxville fire officials are blaming a Thursday morning apartment fire on a burning cigarette. The Knoxville Fire Department says an upstairs resident of Woodgate Apartments, 701 Cedar Lane, called 911 around 9 a.m. to report the apartment just below his was on fire. Firefighters had to force their way into the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2014 8:58:27 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Fire destroys garage, race car, truck in Greene County, authorities still investigating cause

Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire inside a garage near a home in Greene County Wednesday afternoon, which reportedly destroyed the garage and items in and around the garage. According to the Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, the fire started at 2 p.m. at 1275 Old Baxter Road off of Highway 93, just inside Greene County.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2014 8:16:42 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Firefighters called to scene of house fire in Nashville

(VIDEO) Officials are investigating a house fire in Nashville as a possible arson. The home is on the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue North near the Tennessee State University campus. Someone called 911 saying they saw flames and smoke coming out of the windows around 4 a.m. Thursday. The home is said to have been vacant.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2014 2:33:24 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Greeneville police investigate double homicide after fatal fire

(VIDEO) Roger Dewayne Aiken, 49, of Greeneville was still alive when a Greeneville police officer pulled him from the home he shared with his aunt on Sunday. But Tuesday afternoon, Aiken passed away from his injuries. Firefighters found the body of his aunt Elizabeth Cooter, 78, inside the burning home on W.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2014 10:37:29 AM - SOURCE: wbir.com

No injuries reported in Antioch house fire

(VIDEO) Crews were called out to a large house fire in Antioch Wednesday morning. A male resident said he threw some clothes in the dryer and jumped in the shower at the home on Old Hickory Boulevard near Murfreesboro Pike. He says the house caught on fire while he was bathing. The home has smoke damage throughout, and no one will be able to live there for a while.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2014 4:50:02 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Follow-up: Greeneville authorities believe house fire set to cover up crime, body found

Authorities believe that a Greeneville house fire may have been set to cover up a murder. On Sunday, emergency crews responded to a house fire at 1117 W. Main St. and discovered two people - Elizabeth Cooter and Roger Dewayne Aiken - inside. Cooter was dead when responders found her, while Aiken was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: johnsoncitypress.com

Chattanooga Fire Department: Fire At Homewood Suites Causes Minimal Damage

A small fire caused minimal damage at the Homewood Suites on Tuesday. The Chattanooga Fire Department responded with six companies at 1:30 p.m., to a reported fire at Homewood Suites, 2250 Center St. Upon arrival, Captain Ed Jackson with Quint 8 was advised by building maintenance that they had put out a small fire in a service room on the fourth floor with a portable extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2014 8:32:27 PM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Memphis firefighters rescue 2 from house fire

(VIDEO) Memphis firefighters pulled a man and a woman from inside a burning East Memphis home Tuesday morning. Both the 53-year-old woman and 60-year-old man were taken to the Regional One Medical Center for smoke inhalation. The fire started at around 9:10 a.m. in the 500 block of Vaughn, near Summer Avenue and Sam Cooper Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2014 5:46:19 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

4 Raleigh apartments damaged in fire

(VIDEO) At least four apartments at the Rivergrove Townhouses in Raleigh were damaged in an early Tuesday afternoon fire. Witness said the fire, which erupted around noon on Rio Lobo Drive, was started by a child who was home alone. The child was trying to cook lunch for himself, witnesses told firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2014 4:38:08 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Pigeon Forge fire department replacing 24 year old ladder truck

The City of Pigeon Forge announced Tuesday that their fire department is adding a new 100 foot ladder truck to its fleet on Wednesday, March 26. The new ladder truck will replace the current ladder truck which has been in operation for 24 years. Fire officials stated that due to the height and size of buildings and tourist attractions in Pigeon Forge that it is imperative that a reliable ladder truck be available for fire suppression and rescue operations.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2014 6:09:47 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Mt. Gilead firefighters encouraging community fitness with workout program

On a recent Thursday night, the Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Department parking lot was completely packed with cars, but there was no fire or emergency call. The volunteer firefighters were simply leading one of their workout classes held three times weekly at the department. Tammy Kay Gongaware, who serves as the class instructor, begins the workout by reminding everyone to breathe, and encouraging them with the message of the day: You can’t be upset about what you didn’t achieve with the work you didn’t do.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2014 3:24:37 AM - SOURCE: Expositor - My Sparta News

Three Knoxville firefighters awarded for saving fellow firefighter's life

It was a special day for three Knoxville firefighters Monday, as they were awarded Firefighter of the Quarter. A ceremony was held Monday honoring Dean Owens, Hugh Laxton, and Senior Firefighter Greg Sauceman who are credited for helping to save fellow firefighter Captain Mark Lacey's life back on New Year's Eve, who suffered a heart attack.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2014 9:06:55 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Baby hospitalized after ferret attack in Robertson County

A 5-month-old baby is recovering after being attacked by a family pet Sunday morning. It wasn't a dog that attacked him but a ferret. Pleasant View volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 3700 block of Old Coopertown Road Sunday morning for an animal attack. When they arrived they realized the attacker was a pet ferret.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2014 5:39:13 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Oxygen tanks intensified deadly Tennessee fires

Portable oxygen tanks caused deadly and damaging fires in Tennessee in recent years, spurring a warning from the state fire marshal. In the past five years, fire departments across the state reported 18 fires involving medical oxygen equipment. Of those, seven were fatal and property damage totaled more than $700,000.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2014 5:14:58 AM - SOURCE: WBIR

Fire Destroys East Nashville Apartments

(VIDEO) A fast moving fire fueled by high winds on Sunday destroyed an East Nashville apartment complex, leaving at least a dozen people homeless. "I'm looking at it in despair right now and the only thing to keep from crying is smile. To keep from crying, the only thing I can do is smile," said Dewight Menifee who lost everything in the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2014 9:46:53 PM - SOURCE: NewsChannel5

Franklin top fire protection rating excludes Ladd Park

For years, Franklin has touted its stellar fire protection rating. When the city improved its classification from a nationally recognized program in 2009, its residents became members of among the top 1 percent of communities nationwide, a press release boasted after the announcement. But not all residents benefit from the designation.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2014 9:44:08 PM - SOURCE: Franklin's Online Newspaper

Fire station plans move forward for Westhaven, stall in Goose Creek

Bids will go out soon for a new fire station in the Westhaven subdivision, while plans for one in the Goose Creek area are on hold as city officials decide where to put it. The majority of the city, with the exception of The Highlands at Ladd Park subdivision, has a class 2 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which means structures are both within 5 miles of a fire station and 1,000 feet of a hydrant.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2014 9:44:07 PM - SOURCE: Franklin's Online Newspaper

One person dead and one injured after Greeneville house fire

(VIDEO) After a morning house fire in Greeneville, fire fighters found two people inside of a Greeneville home located near the intersection of W. Main St. and Asheville Hwy. Authorities said one person is dead. The other person found inside of the home was injured and taken to Johnson City Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2014 12:43:09 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Fire destroys fraternity house at Tennessee Tech University

Nothing but a charred, crumbling frame remained of the old Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house as the sun rose above the Tennessee Tech University campus Saturday. The two-story, wood-frame house, located at 158 W. 7th St., had gone up in flames earlier that morning, with firefighters getting the call around 2:24 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2014 2:25:11 AM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Fire ruins Burger King near Exit 4 in Clarksville

The Burger King at 3089 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. was severely damaged in a fire Thursday afternoon. The restaurant fire was called in at about 2 p.m. as a mulch fire, according to Clarksville Fire Marshall Ray Williams. At 4 p.m., CFR was still battling the blaze, with Ladder 1 and Tower 1 blasting water down into the building from above.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2014 6:09:21 AM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Blount County family without home after house catches fire

A Blount County family was forced from their home Friday morning after their house went up in flames. The Blount County Fire Department says the blaze started before 6:30 a.m. on the 500 block of Self Hollow Road. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene, the two adults and four children that lived at the home had already gotten out safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2014 4:48:04 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Four Murfreesboro firefighters receive commendations for baby delivery

Four Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department personnel received letters of commendation from Fire Chief Cumbey Gaines Thursday morning for successfully delivering a baby girl on February 24, according to a media release. Acting Captain Vular Anderson, Driver Adam P. Brown, and Firefighters Ryan Battle and Justin Lewis responded to a medical call involving a woman in labor, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2014 2:37:07 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

EMS Symposium Sheds Light On New Technology In Emergency Medicine

Crowds gathered from early morning to attend The South Eastern EMS Symposium. Medical professionals from across Tennessee have come here to Chattanooga to learn from each other how to save lives and do so more effectively. Bledsoe County EMT Garrett Angel,"I have heard a lot of things I can take away from a bunch of good speakers, its just, especially one of our last speakers to take away how to treat patients with more kindness" This year's conference also puts the focus on technology in Emergency Medicine.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2014 3:37:53 PM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Woman and grandson escape Memphis house fire

Firefighters were called to a fire in the 800 block of Mississippi Boulevard where a woman and her grandson escaped the home with no injuries. Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home and started banging on the front door. They were able to wake the family up and everyone got out safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2014 3:10:51 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

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

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