Daily Dispatch

Chattanooga Mayor's pension reform plan faces more questions

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

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

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

Families displaced by Nashville apartment fire

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

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

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

Chattanooga: Elderly man dies after pajamas catch fire

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

3 firefighters treated for smoke inhalation after Memphis fire

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

Memphis Fire Forces Senior Citizens Out Of High-Rise Building

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

Emergency Response Questioned In Algood Woman's Death

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

Nashville firefighter fired after accusations of sex on duty

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

Fire at Bradley County home on Gold Point Drive

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

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

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

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

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

Chattanooga firefighters forced to walk to late night fire

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

Dyersburg firefighters train in frigid weather

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

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

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

New Audio Reveals Shortage Problems At Memphis Fire Department

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

Family escapes Luzon Cove fire in Southwest Memphis

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

Firefighter injured battling house fire in Madison

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

Fire Damages Franklin Insurance Office

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

Pegram fire: Fire chief assesses response

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

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

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

New Madison County Firefighters Complete Training, Graduate

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

1 killed, another injured in Lebanon explosion

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

Family of 6 escapes South Knoxville house fire

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

Bradley County EMS Launches First Response Program

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

Cookeville firefighters sign display for new Dollywood ride

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

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

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

9 displaced in Maryville apartment fire

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

Program gets medical info to first-responders

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

City of Spring Hill seeks company to repair fire stations

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

Teen Dies In Jackson Duplex Fire

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

North Knox County condos suffer damage in blaze

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

Video: Firefighters beat back flames at Smyrna Ready Mix

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

Horse rescued from pool in Goodlettsville

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

Fire Damages Lumber Yard In Perry County

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

3 Displaced After Fire Destroys Sumner County Home

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

Firefighter injured while battling Nashville blaze

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

Photos: Dyersburg firefighters douse flames at preschool in winter rain

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

First Responders Fight for Pension Fund

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

Memphis Police, Fire Personnel Stretched Thin, Directors Say

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

NTSB combs Bellevue plane crash scene

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

Nashville Fire Department Battles Number Of Rekindles

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

Fire Won't Halt Future Sale of Knoxville Warehouses

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

Four killed in Bellevue plane crash

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

New Clarksville firefighters experience extreme heat of house fire

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

Vote on Chattanooga police and firefighter pension changes delayed

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

Spring Hill to restore Fire Belle fire truck

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

Most evacuees return home after Gatlinburg explosion; investigation continues

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

Downtown Nashville fire station renamed for longest-serving firefighter

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

Fighting Mold at Catoosa County Fire Station 3

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

3 Memphis firefighters hurt at scene of apartment fire

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

2 dead after fire demolishes home in Hickman County

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

Car wash fire in Chattanooga caused by heater

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

Cat saved from Sevier County house fire

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

Expelled Jackson High School Student Charged with School Arson

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

Jackson apartment fire stirs painful memories

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

Former teen firefighters work way up the Franklin Fire Department ranks

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

Memphis Man Attacks Girlfriend, Sets Her Clothes On Fire

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

Crews battle fire at Graymere Apartments in Columbia

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

Fire Destroys Williamson County Home

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

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

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

Fire Marshal Urges Building Owners to Protect Sprinkler Systems

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

Firefighters Battle Millington Barn Fire

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

DeKalb County: Early Morning Fire Destroys Mobile Home

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

Trailblazing Columbia firefighter is set to retire

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

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

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

Firefighters expect flames inside Chattahoochee forest to die out

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

Pigeon Forge wildfire prompts evacuations

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

Tennessee Issues Proclamation for Campus Fire Safety Month

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

Police investigate two suspicious Clarksville fires as potential arson

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

Shelby County firefighters and top brass differ on promotions, training

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

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

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

Nashville firefighter loses battle with cancer

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

North Knoxville home goes up in flames

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

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

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

Shelby County Fire Chief Hangs up Helmet after 40 Years

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

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department crews respond to vehicle fire

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

Cocke County firefighters stay busy

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

Officials: Five Fires Strike Hardeman County in Three Days

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

Bartlett Fire Sends Burned Woman And Firefighter To Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

Woman killed in East Nashville house fire

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

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

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

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

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

Apartment Fire Displaces Three Residents in Rutherford County

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

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

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

Follow-up: Sheriffs department investigating suspicious Roan Mountain fire

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

Family Displaced After Fire Damages North Nashville Apartment

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

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

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

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department needs more volunteers

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

2-story home damaged, pets killed in Columbia fire

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

Chattanooga Firefighters Battle Morning Motel Fire

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

Sevier County police officers and firefighters match lumberjack skills

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

Murfreesboro may add assistant fire chief

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

Cleveland Fire Department plans for city's growth

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

Memphis Boosts Number of Black Paramedics

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

Debate Over Memphis Fire Department Brownouts Continues

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

Fire causes center of Rutherford County mobile home to cave in

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

4 Displaced By Small Fire At East Nashville Home

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

Red Bank arson-homicide case sent to grand jury

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

Paulette firefighters defend new financial policy

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

Two Dead After Memphis Apartment Fire

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

Jackson Firefighter Loses Home to Chester County Blaze

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

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

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

How Chattanooga police and firefighters pension pact was reached

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

Columbia's first, only female firefighter to retire

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

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

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

1 injured in fire at north Nashville mobile home

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

Fire burns down Manchester's J&J Restaurant

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

East Memphis vehicle fire shuts down I-240 traffic

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

Fire damages home: No one injured in Maryville blaze

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

Greenfield Teen Named Hero After Saving Elderly Woman in Fire

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

Clarksville firefighters to salute retired 'pioneer' of department

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

Oak Ridge Fire Department wins top state honor

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

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

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

Southwest Memphis Man Dies After Falling Into Icy Lake

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

Firefighter transported to hospital after Murfreesboro house fire

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

Fatal house fire reported in Tullahoma

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

Man Killed In Overnight House Fire In North Nashville

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

Frozen sprinkler pipes burst, flood buildings across Oak Ridge

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

Chattanooga Firefighters Fight Fire And Freezing Temperatures

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

Update: Memphis Firefighters Take Precautions In Dangerously Cold Temperatures

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

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

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

Fire destroys Wilson county building

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

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

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

Memphis firefighter injured on scene of house fire

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

Follow-up: Knoxville Fire Captain Recovering from Heart Attack

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

Fire Destroys North Nashville Home, Seven Displaced

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

Dog injured in Smyrna fire

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

Carroll County Fire Engulfs Car Service, Burns Cars

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

Knoxville firefighters use old city bus to escape the cold

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

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

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

Portland mother of 2 loses everything in house fire

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

Audit OK for fee-based Anderson County department

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

Columbia firefighter earns scholarship

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

Garage, vehicles damaged in late-night Seymour fire

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

Related: Firefighter's heart attack highlights job risks

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

Knoxville firefighter suffers heart attack while fighting house fire

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

Jackson fire presents an all-night challenge

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

Memphis family jumps from balcony to escape apartment fire

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

Firefighter injured in East Nashville structure fire

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

La Vergne purchases fire department for $4 million

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

Claxton fire burns through roof at home behind Bread Box

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

Fire burns more than century-old Wilson County home

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas wish comes true for Millington Fire Department

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

Indoor burning possible Spring Hill fire cause

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

Memphis house fire leaves 7 people homeless, including pregnant woman

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

Cleveland firefighters honored for life-saving efforts

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

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

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

Two Lobelville buildings destroyed in fire at Bates Rubber Plant

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

East Ridge gets new fire chief

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

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

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

Meth lab explosion catches Hamblen County home on fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis: Firefighters battle mobile home engulfed in flames

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

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

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

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

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

Murfreesboro woman donates pet oxygen masks to fire department

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

Maury County: Man rescues motorist before car bursts into flames

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

Fire destroys century-old barn in Elizabethton

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

Chattanooga Police and Firefighters await pension changes

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

Fire severely damages abandoned home on Cecelia Avenue in Maryville

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

Newbern firefighters request computers

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

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

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

Walland home damaged by fire

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

Firefighters sign fire hose to be displayed at Dollywood

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

Portland country club moves forward after June fire

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

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

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

Follow-up: Firefighters making progress in Hickman industrial fire

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

Fire Destroys Keltonburg Home

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

Woman dies in Columbia house fire

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

Nashville Firefighters Keep Kids Warm

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

Germantown Crews Have Busy First Weeks Operating Ambulances

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

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

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

Area, Schools Evacuated Surrounding Plant Fire In Hickman County

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

Looming pension reform blamed for Chattanooga fire & police exodus

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

Related: Number of Chattanooga Police and Firefighters to Retire Doubles

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

Mt. Pleasant to weigh new terms for fire station

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

Suspicious barn fire under investigation in Springfield

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

Hampshire Fire Department struggling to create new home

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

Arson suspected in fire at Vulcan Materials in Friendsville

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

Downtown Paris historic building fire

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

Trenton firefighter terminated

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

Could new healthcare law shut down state volunteer fire departments?

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

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

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

Franklin firefighters extend toy drive deadline after drop in donations

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

Fire Destroys Smithville Home

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

Faulty light switch blamed for Madison house fire

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

Firefighters injured, residents displaced by fire at Knoxville apartment complex

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

Sumner County barn razed by fire

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

Teen pulls man from Kingsport house fire

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

Seymour home destroyed in fire Wednesday afternoon

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

Knoxville Rural/Metro Firefighters Graduate

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

Mt. Juliet Fire Department launches Explorer program for teens

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

VIDEO: Fire damages Cleveland BBQ restaurant

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

Baxter works to pay for new equipment for firefighters

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

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

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

Less Than Half Fire Hydrants in Benton County Usable

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

Review occurs after Memphis firefighters miss calls

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

Tensions rise in Chattanooga fire, police pension overhaul

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

White House woman killed in fire

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

Goodlettsville welcomes new deputy fire chief from Houston

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

Benton County mobile home destroyed in fire, two bodies found

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

Special needs teen killed in Knoxville mobile home fire

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

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

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

Veteran driver guides Model-T fire engine through Elizabethton's route

While only Santa Claus can claim to have ridden in all the annual Elizabethton Christmas Parades, Steve Dunlap has certainly been a highlight in many of them. While Santa traditionally appears at the end of the parade, riding on top of the Elizabethton Fire Department’s ladder truck, Dunlap’s appearance near the start of the parades has been nearly as spectacular.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2013 7:45:00 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Rutherford County firefighters rescue driver, puppy from crash

Rutherford County firefighters rescued a driver and her puppy from a fiery crash on I-24 last week. The driver was rushed to the hospital. Firefighters were examining the car when they noticed the puppy hiding in the wreckage. "I dropped everything, ran over there, grabbed him, told deputies go ahead, before the ambulance leaves, get ahold of the driver and ask her if she had a dog, let her know that I'm going to have him until she can take him back," said Ryan Connelly, a senior firefighter with the Rutherford County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2013 7:16:49 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Arson suspected in Coffee County Drug Court fire

Investigators believe a fire that caused smoke and water damage to the Coffee County Drug Court building Tuesday morning was intentionally set, possibly by someone who was scheduled for a drug test or hearing that day. Manchester, Tenn., investigators said the fire appears to have been started with an accelerant -- gasoline or possibly a mix of gasoline and diesel -- poured or sprayed into the heating and air conditioning duct work at the back of the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 10:08:59 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Etowah: Mistaken Identity Leads To Fire Chief Arrest

A case of mistaken identity leads to the incorrect arrest of an Etowah Assistant Fire Chief. Saturday, Walmart employees called police after they say a customer stole 200 dollars worth of products. When an employee attempted to stop the shopper, they told police the suspect brandished a six-inch knife.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 2:33:00 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Fire displaces residents of nine Kingsport apartments

A Wednesday afternoon fire has caused extensive damage to a pair of Kingsport apartments, displacing both those residents and the tenants of seven other units in the complex. Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey says engines responded to the blaze on Sir Echo Drive at approximately 1:10 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 1:46:36 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Fire at former Memphis barbeque restaurant under investigation

The Memphis Fire Department was called to a late night fire at what once was the River City Barbeque restaurant in South Memphis. The building located in 3400 block of Cazassa, has been vacant for some time. Memphis firefighters put out a blaze just before midnight. Investigators tell Action News 5 that no power was going into the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 4:26:57 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Resident, firefighter injured in E. Knoxville house fire

One person was sent to the hospital and a firefighter was injured Wednesday after a portable heater sparked a blaze at an East Knoxville home. The Knoxville Fire Department says it happened around 2:30 a.m. on the 2800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, which is located by Austin-East High School.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 3:39:37 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Nashville house fire kills 5 pets, injures firefighter

A couple lost five pets and a firefighter was injured in a fire that broke out inside a south Nashville home Tuesday night. Two dogs and three cats died in the blaze in the 5000 block of Marc Drive, not far from Edmondson Pike. The couple reported the fire began in the garage then spread to the rest of the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2013 2:55:28 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Chattanooga police, firefighters put fists and faces on the line to help kids

The gym smelled like old sweat and bleached blood. In the ring, boys of all sizes lay on their backs and pumped their legs as if they were on a bicycle while a stocky man with gloves on walked around and beat their stomachs with his fist. Their faces showed strain without pain. They were used to the rigor.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 9:57:03 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Chattanooga Man Jumps Out Window to Escape Fire

A Chattanooga man jumped out a bedroom window to escape a fire Tuesday morning about 6 o'clock. Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner says, Stephen Boudy told firefighters that he awoke to the smell of smoke in his home at 3527 Taylor Street. He says the interior of the bedroom was getting hot, and he had to escape by breaking out the window on the first floor and jumping out.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 7:49:01 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Fire at vacant Nashville inn closes portion of Dickerson Road

A fire broke out at a vacant inn in northeast Nashville early Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived to flames shooting through the roof of the Trinity Inn Efficiencies located at 1801 Dickerson Pike around 1:30 a.m. Officials told News 2 the fire began in the back of the building on the first floor, engulfing several rooms.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 12:22:38 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Follow-up: Maury County firefighter responds to blaze at childhood home

A Maury County firefighter responded to a massive blaze at his childhood home Sunday afternoon. Before arriving to the fully engulfed fire, Will Craft said he knew the fire would be tough to battle since the nearest hydrant to the home is nearly 1/3 of a mile away on Katie Lane . After laying 1,500 feet of hose to battle the fire, crews said it took them seven to 10 minutes to knock it out.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCT.com

Mold forces Mount Pleasant fire department to pack up and move

A growing mold problem has forced the city of Mount Pleasant to close its fire hall and move to a temporary building on the outskirts of town. A wood manufacturer who went bankrupt allowed the fire department to move to a warehouse temporarily while the city deals with the mold at its downtown facility.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 7:59:42 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Rutherford County business reports damage after blasting incident

A business may have been damaged after a blasting incident Monday afternoon in Rutherford County. The Murfreesboro Fire Department says a licensed blasting contractor is working to install a water and sewer line off Butler Drive. Workers for the company, Robert and Cassie Blasting Company, of Gladeville, TN, didn't have a cover on the first shot of explosives - called a "breaker" - because they thought they were far enough away from homes and businesses.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 4:37:22 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Nine officers injured in Franklin County meth fire

A meth lab fire Sunday night in Franklin County, Tenn., injured nine officers who responded to an Estill Springs campground to investigate reported domestic violence and a possible meth operation. Today, eight of the nine officers are back on duty and the man who allegedly started the fire, 46-year-old Sherman Hargrove, of Decherd Estill Road, is behind bars on $250,000 bond.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Timesfreepress.com

Court: Karns Fire Department will keep donated property

Two decades after a grateful couple donated land for a new fire station in Karns, deed holders upset over new fire subscription service fees tried to take it back, court records show. The effort by Jack Stevens and Emmett G. Stevens Jr. to wrest back the 28-acre gift to the Karns Fire Department has failed, with the state Court of Appeals ruling this past week the pair's beef over the agency's decision to charge for its firefighting services did not rate a reneging of the original donation deal.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Flames destroy firefighter's Maury County family home

Firefighter Will Craft stood outside the charred ruins of the house he grew up in and spoke with the resignation of someone who knows a done deal when he sees it. “I’m just here to be with Mom and Dad,” he said as fellow firefighters finished the work of drowning the blaze that left his parents and sister homeless after fire broke out in a front room about noon Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2013 8:09:53 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Coopertown: One dead in suspicious house fire, person of interest sought

Authorities are searching for a person of interest after discovering a dead body inside a house destroyed in a suspicious fire Sunday morning near Coopertown. The fire, which occurred at 2526 Jack Teasley Road, was reported shortly before 1 a.m., Pleasant View Fire Chief P.J. Duncan said. The house, which was completely destroyed, was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2013 5:49:48 PM - SOURCE: Robertson Country Times

Dyersburg: E911 board discusses flat-rate 911 bill

Change is coming to the 911-revenue system as the Tennessee General Assembly is considering a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris that would call for one flat rate in all 95 counties. Dyersburg Emergency Operations Manager Mark Grant first reported the possibility of a flat rate at the Dyer County E911 board meeting in October, which he noted could include an increase for Dyer County because it had one of the lowest rates in the state.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2013 1:57:52 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Man charged in fatal Red Bank fire set with a blanket

Dewey Rose gave Christopher Wehunt a blanket. Wehunt was cold. He needed it. But for reasons that remain unclear, on Thanksgiving morning Wehunt started a fire with the blanket, burning down the quad of apartments where Rose lived. Rose, 51, died in the blaze. "From what we understand, that's the person who gave him the blanket because he was cold," Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said Friday.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2013 9:28:34 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Franklin: Firefighters urge more awareness for emergency vehicles

(VIDEO) When you hear sirens from a fire truck or other emergency vehicle, you're supposed to pull over. But not everyone does, and drivers who don't yield are putting everyone on the road at risk. Firefighters in Franklin say every day, on almost every call, drivers are getting in the way and hampering their ability to save lives.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 7:47:40 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Follow-up: Neighbors step up and help rescue victims from Mountain City fire

Mad chaos. That's how people who live in a Mountain City apartment complex described it as a fire started in the complex. The fire started this weekend leaving one person hurt and several more homeless. "Flames, blazes, windows breaking out, panic," said Property Manager Donna Davis. Around 11:30 Sunday night a woman living at Heritage Manor in Mountain City heard, '924 Medical Park Drive, fire' over the scanner.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 3:13:32 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Tanker truck hauling 3,400 gallons of gasoline overturns in Knoxville

Both eastbound lanes of Middlebrook Pike have been reopened just in time for afternoon rush hour following a tank truck crash that spilled 3,400 gallons of gasoline Tuesday morning, police said. The crash scene was cleared and barricades were removed about 4:15 p.m., nearly six hours after the tanker slipped free from a tractor and slammed down on the asphalt, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 11:38:06 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Nine officers injured in Estill Springs meth fire

A meth lab fire Sunday night in Franklin County injured nine officers who answered a domestic violence call in Estill Springs. A woman called authorities around 8:30 p.m. CST from the All Seasons Campground in Estill Springs, Tenn., where she said Sherman Hargrove, of Decherd Estill Road Lot #13, Winchester, Tenn.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 5:47:49 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Reports: Meth lab results in Kingston apartment fire

A Kingston man was charged Tuesday for meth-related offenses after Roane County Sheriff's Department deputies reportedly found meth-making products inside his apartment when they responded to a fire inside the Kingston Highway apartment. People inside the apartment complex were evacuated because of the fire, but those tenants were later allowed back inside their apartments after authorities realized that a quarantine of the of the entire apartment complex was not warranted.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2013 1:45:48 AM - SOURCE: Oak Ridger

Man burned in Chattanooga gas pump fire

Chattanooga fire investigators are trying to determine how a fire got started at a Brainerd gas station. It happened shortly after 5:00p.m. Monday at the Murphy USA gas station at 310 Greenway View Drive. A fire official says a 32-year-old man was pumping gas into his vehicle when a fire erupted, catching his pants on fire, as well as part of the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 9:41:21 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Family: Mother and son killed in Grainger Co. house fire

Family members say a woman and her young son were killed in a Grainger County house fire Monday morning. The Grainger County Sheriff's Department confirmed the fire happened on Brantley Acres off Helton Road shortly after 10 a.m. The Chief Deputy originally told 10News that the child killed in the fire was a girl, but family members say the young victim was a boy.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 1:05:50 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Madison County Fire Department adds rapid entry system

The Madison County Fire Department recently implemented the Knox Rapid Entry System, which allows homeowners and businesses to install a lock box for keys on their property, according to a news release. The lock box, known as a Knox Box, gives firefighters access to building keys in the event of a fire alarm or sprinkler activation, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 5:45:32 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun - Metered Site

Knoxville firefighters call on bag of tricks to fight arson

Travis Kincaid loves to tell the story about catching an East Knoxville arsonist. “The news was there (at the fire). The chiefs were there, both the fire and police chiefs. All these cameras, and I was nervous. She wasn’t doing what I wanted,” he recalls. “She” is Bailey, the Knoxville Fire Department’s arson dog since 2009.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 2:01:35 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Follow Up: Chattanooga fire station closed for a month due to mold

It could be a month before 15 Chattanooga firefighters are able to go back to Fire Station 8 after mold was found throughout their building on Hickory Valley Road. An outside company tested several areas of the station near Lee Highway and found mold in several places, including the dayroom and downstairs portion of the fire station.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Timesfreepress.com

Nashville fire crews battle blazes as temperature drops

Firefighters warn with the cold temperatures this week, a little common sense can help keep you safe. Nashville Fire crews said they responded to an increased number of fires over the weekend, likely due to the cold weather. One man in west Nashville took matters into his own hands, using his own hose to tame the flames before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2013 8:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Elderly man rescued from East Knoxville fire

An elderly man was saved from his burning home on Sunday morning. It happened in East Knoxville on Atlantic Avenue at about 9. Patricia Miller was checking in on Harry Turner, 70, just like she does every weekend. "I came by to check on him and I saw smoke coming from the house, the door was locked, I unlocked it and he was blocking door," she says.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2013 2:47:14 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Knoxville, Knox County working to update arson record-keeping

Knoxville area firefighters know how bad the arson problem is. Getting the word out has been a bigger problem. The city and Knox County both have the issue that other municipalities and counties throughout the country share concerning how fires are registered as arson. At the base of it all is the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) which is the official database for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2013 2:10:52 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel - Metered Site

New Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Goodlettsville Chosen

Mark Becknal joins the City of Goodlettsville staff as the new Deputy Fire Chief. Mark has over 25 years of experience in fire service. Becknal recently retired from the City of Houston, TX as Senior Captain, District Training Officer and Paramedic. He has most recently been working as an evaluator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2013 8:27:55 AM - SOURCE: Goodlettsville, TN

Antioch Home Damaged By Fire

A home in Antioch suffered damage in an early morning fire on Friday. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the two-story home on Denise Drive when they got on scene around 3 a.m. Three people inside the home were able to get out safely. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to get to the flames.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2013 5:44:07 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Teen charged in mom's arson death in Shelby County court

A judge has set a tentative trial date for a 15-year-old boy charged in adult court with the arson death of his mother, though the teen's defense attorney has left open the possibility of a plea deal. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge James Lammey reserved Aug. 18 as a trial date for Jonathan Ray during the teen's court appearance Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 12:16:07 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Springfield couple displaced by house fire

A Springfield couple escaped unharmed from a house fire on Oak Street Thursday morning. James and Zelda Birchfield observed smoke in their home an hour before discovering the fire. They said they assumed the smoke was coming from their heater, which had acted up in the past. Zelda Birchfield said she opened the home’s doors to clear the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 9:12:52 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Chattanooga Fire At Jaycee Towers Injures Resident

One person was injured and four others forced from their homes after fire broke out in an apartment at Jaycee Towers Thursday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 8:49 a.m. and responded to 500 W. Martin Luther King Boulevard with six fire companies. Battalion Chief Chris Willmore said the fire was in an apartment on the fifth floor.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 9:05:18 AM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

Cause Of Fire At Midtown Restaurant Under Investigation

The cause of a fire at popular restaurant in the midtown area of Nashville Wednesday night remained under investigation. Officials said the fire started just before 9 p.m. on the third floor of Bound'ry inside a chimney. Crews had to knock down the wall surrounding the chimney to put out the small fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 6:23:40 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Lebanon Fire Department: Fire forum set to discuss new station

The Lebanon Fire Department is set to hold a public forum Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a newly proposed fire station on the west side of Lebanon. The meeting will take place at Stonebridge Community Clubhouse at 205 Meandering Drive in Lebanon and is open to the public. The Lebanon City Council is slated to be on hand to answer the publics questions regarding the proposed station, the city’s insurance services organization rating, the proposed location site, volunteer versus paid personnel, response times and any other public safety issues.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2013 2:53:00 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Chattanooga: Fire at lawn mower repair shop on Dodds Avenue extinguished

Chattanooga firefighters put out a fire Tuesday night at Tidmore's Lawn Mower Repair in the 2300 block of Dodds Avenue. When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke was showing. A guard dog initially caused concern to firefighters, but eventually they forced entry into the building and extinguished the fire in the workshop.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 7:07:47 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Investigation begins into Valley Forge blaze that destroyed county teacher's home

A Valley Forge woman is safe but her home of the past several years was rendered a complete loss after a fire burned its way through the structure. On Tuesday, shortly after noon, firefighters were called to 2535 Bob Little Road to combat a fire that had already threatened to consume the doublewide in its entirety.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 7:06:47 AM - SOURCE: Elizabethton Star

Memphis family of six escapes raging house fire, credits working smoke detectors

Memphis fire investigators are on the scene at what is left of a home in the 1500 block of Boxwood after an early morning fire. Flames were shooting from the home when Action News 5 got there a little after 3 a.m. Our Action News 5 crew got to the scene right as the Memphis Fire Department was pulling up to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 3:28:30 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Dyersburg board appoints new fire chief

In front of a larger audience than usual, the Dyersburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen met for its regular bi-monthly meeting on Monday evening. The main item of interest was the appointment of a chief for the Dyersburg Fire Department after the sudden retirement of Chief Robert Veal on Oct. 11. After a prayer offered by Alderman Kevin Chaney, Mayor John Holden did not keep the crowd in suspense for long announcing that he was recommending that the board approve Lt.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2013 2:31:04 AM - SOURCE: Dyersburg State Gazette.com

Chattanooga Fire Station 8 temporarily relocates firefighters after mold discovered

Chattanooga firefighters at Station 8 on Hickory Valley Drive have been temporarily relocated after mold was discovered in the building. Fire Chief Lamar Flint said the decision was made Tuesday after tests confirmed mold was present in the station. An environmental cleanup company will be brought in to remove the mold and treat the building to prevent its return.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 7:46:37 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

New Details Reveal Moments Before Shelbyville Explosion

tate and local fire investigators were at the scene of the massive explosion at the Southern Energy building on Tuesday, trying to figure out what sparked it. Investigators were armed with witness accounts, taken mainly from the man who was injured in Monday's explosion, who is recovering from burns at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 5:28:15 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

One seriously hurt in Shelbyville gas explosion

One employee suffered serious burns in a methanol explosion at Southern Energy, Lane Parkway, officials said today. The employee, whose identity has not been released, was loading fuel into a tanker when the explosion occurred, Fire Chief Ricky McConnell said. "The whole wall of the building suddenly blew off," James Brewer, who was standing nearby, said.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 7:44:26 AM - SOURCE: Times Gazzette

Former Decherd firefighters badge number retired during tribute

Decherd Fire Department badge number 221 was retired during a tribute ceremony Sunday afternoon, celebrating the life and service Edward “Big Ed” Jones. Mr. Jones’ face and name was well known in the community where he had served as a member of the Decherd Fire Department for 50 years. The small meeting room at Decherd City Hall was filled wall to wall with friends and family celebrating a man who spent his life in the service of others.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 5:41:44 AM - SOURCE: The Herald-Chronicle

Man dies in tree trimming accident in South Knoxville

A man died after being hurt in a tree trimming accident Monday morning in South Knoxville. The accident happened at a home on Tomassee Drive. Rural/Metro firefighters arrived to find the man dangling from his safety harness. They were unable to reach him, so members of the Knox County Rescue Squad were called in to assist.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 3:27:51 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Fire Department demands fire truck for Red Boiling Springs

Several members of the RBS City Council refused to vote to adjourn the meeting on November 14th, 2013 until sufficient discussion produced an agreement among council members to form a plan to buy a second fire truck. As it emerged, the plan was to have Council Secretary Coby Knight investigate means of securing by loan or grant the funds needed to buy a fire truck made at least in the last 10-12 years.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 1:41:05 AM - SOURCE: Macon County Times

New training for Sullivan County fire departments

The Sullivan County fire departments have a new way to get real-life training. On Monday the departments showed the Sullivan County Commission exactly how their new "fire trailer" will improve their training. Sullivan West Fire Chief Drew Deakins says the trailer has several rooms and a garage inside it, giving fire fighters different training that's important for real-life experiences.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Memphis Firefighters Union Releases Video Arguing Its Position In Pension Debate

On Monday, the Memphis Firefighters Union threw another log on the heated debate concerning pension reform. Both fire and police unions are at odds with the city over proposed changes to the retirement plan. Financial experts have said the city cannot sustain the generous pension plan currently in place, so the union paid for its own study — one with a more favorable conclusion — and released a video on YouTube arguing its position.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2013 4:35:32 PM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes leave behind Portland Fire Department damage

The National Weather Service will have teams out in the mid-state on Monday to determine if a tornado touched down in Sumner County on Sunday night. The powerful storms ripped the roof off of a fire station in Portland. The fire chief said it wasn't raining, and the wind was not blowing when they heard a loud noise and the roof was lifted away.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newschannel5.com

Intense Fire Fighter Trench Training Concludes

Six weeks of digging, winching and rescuing concluded today for nearly 50 fire fighters from across the Tennessee Valley. Instructor David Bishop,"It involves building shores and securing dirt walls if a trench is falling in on somebody" The fire fighters say the training is necessary when saving construction workers.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wdef.com

Blount County firefighters raising $20,000 to buy coats for less fortunate

Firefighters with the Blount County Fire Protection District are halfway to their goal of raising $20,000 to put new or gently used coats in the hands of the less fortunate area residents. Through the Coats for the Community program, the firefighters raise money to purchase new coats. Earlier this month, they raised $10,600 during an auction at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Chief Doug McClanahan said.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2013 4:58:53 PM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Fire rekindles and destroys Sullivan County home

A fire crews put to rest last night, rekindled in the early morning hours Saturday, and now the family is left with a home that firefighter's say is a total loss. Dispatchers said emergency crews were first called out to 5027 Dublin Road at 10:30 Five volunteer fire departments arrived to a fully engulfed home and later were able to extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2013 2:18:20 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Follow Up: Firefighters clear Townsend lodge fire after 12-hour battle

After putting out hot spots all night, Townsend Volunteer Fire Department cleared the scene of the Dancing Bear Lodge and Restaurant fire at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The devastating blaze left the $2.5 million structure a total loss. The lodge, located between East Lamar Alexander Parkway and Old Tuckaleechee Pike beside Apple Valley Store, caught fire at 12:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 9:31:44 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Follow Up: Investigators still unsure if Midtown Memphis apartment fire was 'intentional'

The investigation continues into a Midtown Memphis apartment fire, which shut down a part of the city last week. The building is boarded up forcing some to find other places to live. Many residents believed it was arson. Fire investigators have not determined if the fire was intentional, and no has been arrested or charged.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 3:22:37 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

One more name tossed in Algood fire chief hat

A former Cookeville fire chief has also tossed his name into the list of contenders for the Algood fire chief position, according to Algood City Administrator Keith Morrison. John Kendrick confirmed he will be among those interviewed Monday. He joins David Henson and David Judd, who are currently firefighters with the City of Algood, along with Duane Rush and Daniel Snyder in the search for a new Algood fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 3:04:28 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Fire Evacuates Hendersonville Nursing Home

A nursing home in Hendersonville was evacuated due to a fire on Friday morning. It broke out around 5:45 a.m. at National Health Care at 370 Old Shackle Island Road. Hendersonville Police said all residents were able to get out of the building safely after a heating unit caught fire. All of the residents were then taken to another part of the building while firefighters worked to investigate.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 5:06:44 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Townsend: Fire burns Dancing Bear Lodge main building

A fire at Dancing Bear Lodge has burned a large part of the main structure. The lodge manager reports no one was injured in the fire. Firefighters say the fire likely started in the chimney Thursday afternoon. The manager on duty heard something in the chimney, went outside and saw flames. The manager and three workers got out safely and fire crews from the Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department and Blount County Fire Department responded on the scene at 12:18 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 4:37:41 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Henning house fire kills bedridden woman

State fire marshals want to know what started a fire that killed a bedridden Mid-South woman Thursday night. The fire started a little after 8 Thursday night at 121 Virginia Street in Henning, Tennessee, which is in Lauderdale County. Henning police say a bedridden woman in her 60's lived in that home.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2013 3:29:28 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Franklin FD and Williamson Co. EMA work together to improve disaster response

Responding to natural disasters and other emergencies where buildings have been damaged or collapsed is now much more efficient for rescue workers throughout Williamson County, thanks to a joint effort between the Franklin Fire Department and the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). The two agencies worked together to create an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) trailer.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 3:53:16 PM - SOURCE: Franklin, TN

Baby burned in Cumberland County house fire

An 8-month-old baby was burned in a house fire in Cumberland County Thursday afternoon. Crossville Fire Chief Mike Turner says his crews were called to a burning home on Old Jamestown Highway around 2 p.m. CST. A man and a small child made it out, but the baby was still inside. Firefighters were able to get the baby out, but the child suffered burns and was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 3:22:29 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Firefighters respond to suspicious house fire in Lake City

Firefighters responded to a house fire in Lake City at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. According to investigators on scene, the fire is believed to be arson. They found several suspicious items at the scene and are waiting until it is safe to enter the home to gather more information. They also report the fire could have been much worse because of the wooded area nearby.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 5:11:13 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Donelson home destroyed in overnight fire

A massive fire destroyed a home in Donelson overnight. Neighbors called in the fire, which started around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 2400 block of Smith Springs Road. The home was vacant, but there was power running to it. Officials are not considering it suspicious at this time. The fire marshal is investigating because a cause has not been determined at this time.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 4:46:44 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Debate Over Firefighter Pensions Continues in Memphis

The head of the Memphis Fire Fighters Union said his group has had a study done on the Memphis city worker’s pension. City officials said major changes need to be made to the plan, because it can't continue without going broke. That's what the mayor said. The firefighter’s union folks said the city report is all smoke and no fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: localmemphis.com

Nashville Fire official: Fire destroyed 8 Hermitage apartments

Eight apartments were destroyed when fire tore through a Hermitage complex early this morning, according to a Nashville Fire official. Crews responded to the flames at about 2:40 a.m. and firefighters were still there six hours later dumping water onto the complex, according to department spokeswoman Kim Lawson.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2013 6:54:53 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Murfreesboro gas station closed while officials investigate fire

A fire at a gas station in Murfreesboro has been ruled as accidental. Firefighters could see light smoke coming from the University BP on Middle Tennessee Boulevard when they responded just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. When crews checked it out with a thermal imaging camera, they found a small fire in the attic in the front of the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2013 6:15:33 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Video: Memphis fire truck crashes into fence at apartment fire

The Memphis Fire Department is still trying to determine what caused a massive fire at the Colonial Apartments Friday evening. The fire broke out just after 5 PM and was knocked down at 5:43. An adult male was treated and released on the scene for a minor injury to his hand. There were no injuries to firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MYFOXMEMPHIS.COM

Fire, mold doom Maryville Laws Building

A severe fire, an argument with an insurance adjustor that put off repairs and an extremely wet year that caused a “mold fest” has led to the demise of a 93-year-old office building in Maryville. Maryville Downtown Design Review Board Tuesday granted owners Richard W. Bishop Jr. and Al Wilson permission to demolish the Laws Building at 316 S.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 9:47:56 PM - SOURCE: Maryville Daily Times

Two firefighters injured following partial house collapse, fire in Hickory Hill

Two firemen were injured in a house fire after the ceiling partially collapsed Tuesday. Crews were in Hickory Hill at Kirby Parkway and Kirby Center Cove around 6:15 p.m. when it happened. One firefighter was being treated for a leg injury on the scene. One neighbor said the fire next door was an eye opener.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 4:43:35 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Hamilton County investigators: Brush Fire Out-of-Control, Couple Cited for 'Uncontrolled Burning'

A couple burning trash in a barrel let the fire get out of hand Tuesday afternoon, according to Hamilton County investigators. At 12:30 pm a neighbor called 9-1-1 reporting a brush fire at 1413 Hotwater Road on Mowbray Mountain. Mowbray Volunteer firefighters found the brush fire that had also ignited a two-car garage and two exterior buildings.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 12:36:42 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

2 dogs killed in Knoxville house fire

Two dogs died after a Knoxville home caught fire and filled up with smoke Monday night. The Knoxville Fire Department says the blaze started around 10 p.m. on the 3200 block of Keith Avenue. One of the residents returned home from work to find her house full of smoke and called 911. When firefighters arrived, they found the fire in the basement.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 3:48:29 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Jury to decide on suit; Sullivan County Sheriff's Office sued in botched standoff, fire

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office’s lost its bid for immunity against being sued for burning down a mobile home during a botched standoff two years ago. U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer, instead of writing off the blaze as the result of a good-faith mistake, has decided that a jury should decide whether police resorted to heavy-handed tactics when tossing inside a dozen teargas grenades for a fugitive who might not have been there.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bristol Herald Courier

East Tennessee firefighter creates business to save families from house fires

A local firefighter wants families to stay safe and is helping them by assessing homes' and families' fire readiness. Tennessee ranks in the top ten for fire fatalities in the nation, with 80 fire deaths this year. Gary Watlington, who is currently a firefighter at ORNL, wants to see that number drop, so he started his own business called Fireproof Safety Solution to teach people how to prevent and survive house fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2013 8:58:02 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Car bursts into flames in Joelton after man drives off road, crashes into tree

A man is in the hospital after a serious crash in Joelton early Sunday morning. The crash was reported around 3 a.m. in the 3900 block of Old Clarksville Pike. Metro police told News 2 the driver ran off of the roadway, went down a hill, and hit a tree, causing the engine, transmission, and several auto parts to come off the vehicle and into someone's yard.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2013 4:39:08 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Practice makes partners: Greater Chattanooga area rescuers team up for day of training in Sale Creek

Bruce Smith was telling stories about his 27 years of technical rescue missions — which require ropes crews to reach a victim when his emergency radio crackled. He tweaked one of the radio's dials and showed off a 45-name list on its front with corresponding contact numbers. Smith found his channel and a voice came through clearly: "We have a 70-year-old male with a broken leg.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2013 11:44:01 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Overnight Fires Damage Two South Memphis Homes

A pair of house fires kept Memphis firefighters busy early Friday. One fire broke out around 3:45 a.m. at a house in the 1300 block of Mississippi Blvd. south of Trigg Ave. The man who lived there was able to get out OK. He told us that he believes the fire was caused by a candle that was left burning after he went to sleep.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2013 4:12:50 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Salvage yard fire in Blount County seen for miles

A fire broke out Thursday morning at a salvage yard in Blount County. Blount County fire officials say workers at Murrell Motors on Doc Norton Road were draining gasoline out of a vehicle when the fire started. When firefighters arrived on scene a little after 10:00 a.m., they saw heavy flames and smoke and immediately began working to put it out.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2013 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wbir.com

Volunteer fire departments face pinch under healthcare law

Under the healthcare law, counties are required to provide heath insurance for firefighters, including volunteer firefighters, but many of the counties are finding that they may not have the funds to provide insurance for departments that operate using dozens of volunteers. For example, Cheatham County has nine firefighters on the payroll, while about 60 to 70 extra men and women work as volunteers.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 5:25:42 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Knoxville Fire Department puts skills to the test

Learning in a classroom is far different from learning out in the field; it's something the Knoxville Fire Department knows first hand as they train for a possible natural disaster. The Knoxville Fire Department set up the scenario at an abandoned house on Jacksboro Pike. They placed fake body suits inside the house and then tore through the roof leaving the fire fighters to determine what to do next.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 12:33:44 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Firefighters battle large fire at Blount County junkyard

A large fire at a Blount County junkyard kept firefighters busy Thursday morning. The blaze started around 10 a.m. at the salvage yard at Murrell Automotive/Recycling at 238 Doc Norton Road. The owner says workers were draining fuel from a car before it was to be crushed. During a process, a spark caused a nearby pile of tires to ignite.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 9:21:27 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Fire completely destroys Sevier County home

Flames erupted from an abandoned home in Kodak early Thursday morning. Firefighters said they could see the fire shooting from the house on Douglas Dam Road when they arrived shortly before 1:00 a.m. They stayed on the scene for hours, working to contain the blaze and keep it from reaching a propane tank that sat on the property.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 7:48:53 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Franklin Couple Comes Home To Find It On Fire

A Franklin couple came home Wednesday night to find their home engulfed in flames. Firefighters were called to the home on Oakwood Drive in Franklin around 7 p.m. The roof was engulfed with flamed when they arrived on scene. The couple who lived in the home was at choir practice when the fire broke out, and came home around 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 5:47:34 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Cumberland County Rescue Squad takes prizes in state competition

Members of the Cumberland County Rescue Squad and Cumberland County Fire Department took first place in the rescue challenge at the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads annual convention held Oct. 4-5 in Pigeon Forge. The challenge this year was a raft and swift-water rescue competition. According to Gerry Latham, the team finished the challenge in 8 minutes and 50 seconds, while the next team came in at 9 minutes and 40 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2013 2:29:01 AM - SOURCE: Crossville Chronicle

Memphis Firefighters Discover Meth Lab At House Fire

A Memphis landlord is frustrated, after his attempt to help a young family in need of a home ends with him leaving burned. "It was one hell of a mess," said Dick Cochran, who owns the home on the 6400 block of Cheekwood Ave. Cochran says he got a call from his tenant around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday informing him his house was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 9:22:43 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Knoxville boy, 11, severely burned playing with gasoline

An 11-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital Wednesday morning with burns over most of his body caused by playing with gasoline, authorities said. The incident was reported at 6:35 a.m. on Oakcrest Road off Dry Gap Pike. The boy, whose clothes reportedly were burned off his body, was rushed to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, according to Knoxville Police Department Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 7:12:16 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Man Perishes in Polk County House Fire

Investigators are looking into a deadly fire this Wednesday in Polk County. First responders got the emergency call around 4:45 a.m. to the home of. Highway 411 in Benton. A woman and two children were outside when crews got to the scene. The family told firefighters the father, who reportedly had dementia, initially got out safely but then went back into the burning house.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 7:07:59 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Nashville family discovers fire after being awakened by dog

A family is safe after their dog alerted them to a fire Wednesday morning. Three people were inside the home on the 1700 block of Nassau Street when they woke up to their dog, Lucky, barking. The family saw smoke and tried to put out the fire until firefighters arrived. The fire was inside a wall, so firefighters dug into it to stop it from spreading.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2013 3:37:31 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

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