Daily Dispatch

Stewart County Fire, EMS asking for increases

Stewart County Fire & Rescue as well as SCEMS have brought requests for additional funding to the Public Safety Committee. While the committee was glad to get the information in a timely manner, they did not act on the requests since they do not yet have budget figures for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Any requests first go through Public Safety and then the Budget and Finance Committee before eventually being brought before the county commission.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2014 8:11:53 AM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Fireworks Superstore in Campbell County destroyed in flames was operating illegally

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said the large fireworks store that burned down last weekend was operating illegally. Flames engulfed the Fireworks Superstore in Campbell County Sunday afternoon, shooting fireworks into the air that sparked other fires in the surrounding area. At the time of the blaze, the store was operating without a license, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2014 4:46:41 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Wilson County Mayor Hutto: No Wilson Emergency Management Agency jobs at risk from EMS plan

None of the current employees of Wilson Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) need fear losing their jobs if Mt. Juliet city commissioners vote to contract with Medic One to provide Mt. Juliet’s primary emergency medical services, according to Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “There are no jobs on the line,” Hutto said.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2014 3:27:18 AM - SOURCE: Wilson Post

Firefighters respond to house fire in Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet and Wilson Emergency Management Agency firefighters responded to a house fire on Erin Lane Thursday afternoon. According to Mt. Juliet police Lt. Tyler Chandler, Mt. Juliet’s emergency communications center received a call about a fire in the home’s garage at about 12:30 p.m. Chandler said an adult female was in the home at the time, but she was able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2014 2:00:19 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

New Spring Hill fire chief comes from firefighting family

Longtime firefighter Terry Hood is now at the helm of the Spring Hill Fire Department after an extensive city search and selection process. Hood served 25 years as a Franklin firefighter and, after retiring four years ago as a lieutenant, he headed up fire investigations for insurance companies before taking Spring Hill’s top fire post.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2014 5:46:46 PM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Memphis mayor threatens to fire 'sick' city workers

Mayor A C Wharton on Thursday laid down the gauntlet saying if police and firefighters don't end their sickouts, heads will roll. He is threatening to fire police officers and firefighters who are taking part in the ongoing work stoppage. "When you engage in an action like this, that you have resigned your job," Mayor Wharton said.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2014 2:39:18 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Chattanooga man arrested for aggravated arson

Chattanooga fire investigators have arrested a man in connection with a duplex fire on July 5 in Chattanooga. The suspect, 20-year-old Terry Slaughter, was seen driving on a city street this afternoon and apprehended, said Capt. Anthony Moore. Slaughter is suspected of starting a fire in the back bedroom of a duplex located at 1422 Bradt Street.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 3:45:26 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Memphis Fire Dept. director confirms spike in sick calls; could compromise response times

Memphis Fire Department Director Alvin Benson confirmed a spike in sick calls, which can cause a compromise in response times. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, he said 40 firefighters called out on Tuesday alone. The daily average is 11. He said there are 65 firefighters out, which is the highest the number of sick calls have been in a long time.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 3:37:29 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Car fire turns into house fire in Clarksville

A fire that started under a car hood late Wednesday morning turned into something more, displacing the occupants of a home at 2256 Old Russellville Pike, though no one was injured. The fire began in the engine compartment of a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville parked partially under an attached garage, and the flames spread to the back of the vehicle, according to a witness, completely engulfing the car before spreading to the garage and eventually part of the house.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 12:58:02 PM - SOURCE: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

Video: Fire at Silverdale Prison in Chattanooga

Chattanooga firefighters were called to the Silverdale Detention Facility on Standifer Gap Rd. Wednesday afternoon. Fire department spokesperson Bruce Garner said an electrical fire broke out at an electrical connection. He said inmates were quickly evacuated from that building to another as a precaution, however firefighters used dry powder extinguishers to quickly extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 12:00:20 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Memphis firefighters' absences lead to speculation about 'Red Rash'

More than 60 Memphis firefighters are out sick, according to the Memphis Fire Department. MFD spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said 40 firefighters, in addition to 25 who were already off sick, will not report for duty Wednesday. Cooke said it is unclear if the fire department is experiencing the beginning of "Red Rash," a work stoppage similar to the Blue Flu.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 9:53:23 AM - SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Smyrna Officer Rescues Woman from Burning Apartment

A Smyrna police officer rescued a woman from a burning apartment overnight. Smyrna Police say that just before 4 a.m. this morning they received a call just before 4 a.m that apartment 168 at the Imperial Gardens complex was on fire. When officers arrived heavy smoke was boiling out of the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 9:28:54 AM - SOURCE: WMOT-FM Jazz 89.5 Public Radio

Fire at Chattanooga construction company originally thought to be a false alarm

Chattanooga firefighters stopped a fire at a construction company early this morning, according to a news release from the fire department. Six fire companies were dispatched to A & M Construction Company at 7161 Lee Highway around 1 a.m. after an automatic fire alarm went off. The first unit to arrive did not see fire or smoke, and notified 911 to cancel the call.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 9:27:20 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Lightning sparks 2 house fires in Shelby Co.

Lightning from Tuesday night's storm caused two house fires that happened just blocks from each other. The first fire happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 1200 block of Cordova Club Drive, south of Cordova Road. Tyrone Darby was home when the bolt of lightning struck the roof of his home. He says he heard the loud boom, but didn't realize the danger he was in until a neighbor told him his house was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 2:27:57 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Vehicle fire spreads to home, closes road in Wilson County

Fire spread from a fully engulfed vehicle to a nearby home Tuesday evening on Old Laguardo Road. According to Wilson Emergency Management Agency director Joey Cooper, the fire started at about 7 p.m. at 1321 E. Old Laguardo Road near Highway 109 in Wilson County. He said fire from the vehicle parked near a house caught the home on fire, as well.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2014 1:49:23 AM - SOURCE: The Lebanon Democrat

Related: Blue Flu brings back memories of 1978 Memphis police-fire strike

In 1978 Memphis Fire Department and Memphis Police Department went on strike. The so-called "Blue Flu" demonstration has not been deemed a strike yet, but Memphians are reminded of this event that happened decades ago. Labors relations between our city government and fire and police hit an all time low on July 8, 1978.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2014 5:03:51 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Spring Hill firefighters raise $15k during MDA fundraiser

All members of the Spring Hill Fire Department raised $15,250 during the annual Fill the Boot drives in June to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Williamson County area. Firefighters were out each Saturday in June asking the Spring Hill community to support their efforts to support MDA.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2014 2:36:15 AM - SOURCE: Williamson Herald

Doyle Volunteer Fire Department receives $100,000 grant

Doyle Volunteer Fire Chief Jason Sparks announced last week the department had been awarded a grant for just under $100,000 to purchase much-needed equipment. During the July 1 meeting of Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Sparks told members he applied for the grant in December 2013. Just a few days before the meeting, he received an email from the Federal Emergency Management Agency stating the department was chosen to receive $99,998, with a 5 percent match from City of Doyle.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2014 1:59:37 AM - SOURCE: Expositor - My Sparta News

Man charged with aggravated arson in Hixson fire that endangered wife, baby

A 56-year-old man faces charges of attempted criminal homicide and aggravated arson after witnesses said he set fire to a Hixson home with his 3-month-old baby inside. Dispatchers received a call about a structure fire at 1045 Boy Scout Road at 4:41 a.m. Sunday, and officers found a vehicle burning in the driveway with the house also on fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2014 11:25:17 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Memphis avoids 'Red Rash'...for now

Talk of a boycott by Memphis firefighters has been circulating the same way the 'Blue Flu' started. Monday, 38 firefighters called in sick. Department leaders say that's only 10 more than a usual day. That's a far cry from the more than 500 police officers who called in sick. Fire Department leaders say they've heard of talks of a protest, but don't believe those sick calls are related to a fire department sickout, also known as 'Red Rash.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2014 9:43:41 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Family remembers Campbell County fireworks business lost in fire

It was a 4th of July holiday weekend disaster for the owners of the Fireworks Superstore. The building was destroyed when fire erupted Sunday afternoon. The Stowers family that owns the store has been in the fireworks business almost 70 years. Tyson Stowers says he still doesn't know how the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2014 3:43:29 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Wives of public safety employees prep to rally against health care cuts

The wives of Memphis public safety employees are preparing for a rally to protest the city's health care cuts. The rally will take place across from the Memphis Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, July 8. The mothers, wives and children of people impacted by the health care cuts spent Monday making signs on the East End Grill patio, a business that supports the city's police officers and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2014 2:39:23 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Search continues for cause of Campbell fireworks store blaze

State fire investigators are on the scene of Sunday’s fireworks store blaze in Caryville to try to determine what caused the eruption that shut down Interstate 75 and tied up fire crews for hours. Four or five people were inside the Stowers Superstore just off I-75’s Exit 141, which was open for business when the fire started around 4:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2014 6:40:02 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Hixson house fire leaves nine homeless

A family of nine is homeless following an early Sunday morning fire at their Hixson home. According to one of the family members, she got up to heat a bottle for a 3-month-old baby when she smelled wires burning in the house. She awoke another family member to investigate the odd smell and found their car on fire in the garage.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2014 11:43:19 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Fast-acting first responders rescue child from hot car in Cordova

Two Mid-South parents are out on bond Sunday night after police say the two left their 15-month-old child in a hot car. It happened in the parking lot of the Kroger store located at 1230 Houston Levee Road in Cordova, Tenn. WMC Action News 5's Ben Watson spoke with the first responders who rescued the little girl, and likely saved her life.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2014 7:35:40 PM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Firefighters pull unconscious woman to safety during apartment fire in West Knoxville

Firefighters pulled a woman to safety Saturday night while responding to an apartment fire near West Town Mall. Around 7:30 Saturday night, the Knoxville Fire Department responded to an alarm at West View Apartments on Gleason Road. Upon arrival, firefighters ascended to the thirteenth floor, where the alarm panel was showing an active sprinkler head.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2014 9:39:05 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Fire destroys Loudon County church building, family's apartment

A Loudon County family with five children is looking for a new place to live after an overnight fire destroys their apartment. Angel Boston and her family lived in the apartment located above the Word of Faith Family Worship Center church on Mulberry Street in Loudon. The fire began just after midnight.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2014 1:59:32 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Johnson City police promise strict enforcement of fireworks ordinance

Though fireworks are often associated with the July 4 celebration, city safety officials ask that city residents leave them in the care of professionals. On Tuesday, three days before Independence Day, Johnson City’s public information office issued a notice telling citizens that a city ordinance limiting the use of fireworks inside the city will be “strictly enforced” during the holiday.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2014 7:51:58 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Knoxville firefighters revive family's cat after overnight fire

South Knoxville family plans to stay with relatives after an overnight electrical fire damaged their South Knoxville home. Knoxville Fire Department said crews responded to the 500 block of Woodlawn Pike around 2 a.m. Thursday for a report of a house on fire. When crews arrived on scene, they found the family had made it out safely after calling 911.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2014 5:35:23 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Basement fire quickly put out in Johnson City

Some alert neighbors may have prevented a bad situation from becoming much worse. Residents in the 800 block of Holston Avenue in Johnson City reported smoke coming from a house there. Firefighters arrived and found a fire burning in the basement of the home but managed to put it out quickly. Nobody was home when the fire broke out.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 9:14:18 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Franklin: Rescue personnel demonstrate dangers of fireworks

In preparation for the upcoming July Fourth holiday, rescue personnel from across Tennessee met Wednesday afternoon in Franklin for a demonstration of emergency firework scenarios. In a collaborative effort between the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office-Bomb and Arson Section, local bomb investigators and technicians watched explosive demonstrations in which the fireworks failed to perform their intended function.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 8:56:41 PM - SOURCE: Brentwood's Online Newspaper

Chattanooga firefighters assist UTC students stranded on the river

Five UTC students on paddleboards had to be rescued Wednesday afternoon. Chattanooga firefighters were sent to the Tennessee River around 1:00 p.m. after a student call 911 saying she and her friends were trapped by swift currents and could not maneuver to open water to return to their vehicle. When the fire boat got to the area around Casey barge on the North Shore, firefighters found 3 of the students in the water and 2 on a boat dock next to the barge.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 4:35:22 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

East Ridge woman arrested after meth lab starts fire in hotel

An East Ridge woman faces several charges including aggravated arson. On June 17, East Ridge Police were answering an alleged robbery call on Ringgold Road. When officers noticed an SUV speeding out of the parking lot of the Knights Inn and heading down Ringgold Road. Officers chased the suspects Rebecca Marshall and Edward Venable where they eventually crashed and were taken into custody.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 6:37:13 AM - SOURCE: WRCBTV.com

Chief Farley: Rutherford County still needs more full-time firefighters

Though response times to fires in parts of Rutherford County have been greatly reduced with the addition of more firefighters, other areas still lack sufficient coverage, according to one official. Twelve full-time firefighters began working May 4 at the Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department, said Chief Larry Farley.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 4:49:54 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Police: Johnson City man used gasoline in arson attempt with infant in house

A fight led a Johnson City man to pour gasoline on his neighbor's porch and into the living room where an infant was sleeping early Wednesday morning, but his father stopped him from setting the house on fire, Johnson City police said. Calvin D. Ball Jr., 30, 607 Lyle St., was charged with attempted aggravated arson.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 4:49:13 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Memphis firefighter injured during house fire

A Memphis firefighter is recovering from second degree burns to his face, ears, and neck after a Tuesday night house fire. The fire happened at a home in the 500 block of East Olive Avenue around 9:20 p.m. No one was home at the time and no one else was hurt. Investigators say the blaze was intentionally set in multiple spots throughout the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2014 2:53:27 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Officials investigating trash pavilion fire at East Nashville school

Fire caused concern at an East Nashville schoolon Tuesday night. Neighbor Terry Rickards spotted smoke rising from behind the East Nashville Magnet School on Gallatin Avenue. Rickards says a trash pavilion was on fire at the back of the school. The fire investigator showed up shortly after firefighters had put the blaze out.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2014 8:14:11 PM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Downtown Memphis: Hundreds Of City Workers Protest Benefit Cuts

Hundreds of Memphis city employees sounded off to city hall Tuesday afternoon saying they won't back down when it comes to fighting for their health and pension benefits. The protestors' message to the city was clear: You broke your promise. As council members met inside city hall outside city employees, retirees, and spouses stood their ground in protest.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2014 4:37:03 PM - SOURCE: WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis

Memphis Firefighters Association Advises Against Holiday Protests

Memphis Fire Fighters Association [MFFA] officials said they have advised the union's members against any type of massive "sick day" protest during the Independence Day holiday weekend in favor of more organized protests against changes in city employee benefits. The Memphis City Council recently voted to reduce healthcare benefits of most city employees and retirees.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Memphis Flyer

Chattanooga's Food Works working to reopen following fire

Food Works is down but not out. Head chef Jeremy Allin said it's too early to tell when the popular North Chattanooga restaurant will reopen, but things aren't as bad as they first seemed to be following a Sunday morning kitchen fire. The blaze has temporarily closed the restaurant on Manufacturers Road.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2014 11:28:07 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Memphis Firefighters Upset Over City's PILOT Grants

(VIDEO) Memphis Firefighters are angry over the city's PILOT program which they say give millions of tax dollars to big businesses. PILOT, which stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, is a program that dramatically reduces the tax burden of businesses relocating or expanding in Memphis. Firefighters blame those PILOT grants for the City's pension and benefits problems.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2014 8:36:14 PM - SOURCE: Local Memphis

Nashvillians Remember Arizona Firefighters Killed

(VIDEO) On the one year anniversary of a blazing wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona, Nashvillians came together to reflect on the tragedy. A candlelight vigil was held along 3rd Ave. South in Nashville and was organized by a woman who used to live in Prescott, Arizona. “I wanted to do something to honor the firefighters killed,” said Jamie Jeffries, the organizer of the event.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2014 8:33:42 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Nashville: Family Of 5 Displaced By Apartment Fire

A family of five was displaced by a fire at an apartment complex in east Nashville on Monday night. When crews from the Nashville Fire Department got to Riverchase Apartments on N, 2nd Street around 7:30 p.m., smoke was already billowing from one of the units in building Q. Firefighters were able to get it under control in about 20 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2014 8:33:42 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

"Recreational Use" Of Hydrant Blamed For Chattanooga Fire Damage

(VIDEO) Firefighters are blaming nearby residents for delaying their response to a Chattanooga house fire. Firefighters responded to a Wilson Street kitchen Sunday afternoon. After emptying a 250 gallon water truck, they went on the hunt for a hydrant. Bruce Garner with the Chattanooga Fire Department tells us "every second, every minute counts when you are trying to fight a fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2014 7:49:17 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Memphis: 9-year-old sees neighbor's house on fire, calls for help

Houses surrounding a Whitehaven home that caught fire late Sunday night were likely saved due to the quick actions of a 9-year-old neighbor. A home in the 1000 block of Haledale Road, off Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis caught fire just before midnight. Firefighters say the blaze was contained to the basement, but neighbors say at one point the flames were really intense.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2014 2:57:09 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Food Works in Northshore closed due to fire

Employees are cleaning up after a popular restaurant in the North Chattanooga area went up in flames. Fire crews were called to Food Works just before three Sunday morning. When fire fighters arrived, flames were coming from the roof. The doors to Food Works were locked on Sunday morning with no way to get in after an early morning fire left them without a kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2014 12:37:16 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Money raised to help sick firefighter in Brentwood

Hundreds gathered at Highland Park Church Saturday to help a man who has spent his career serving others. Doug Goddard was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Saturday's event was not only a fundraiser, but a celebration of Goddard's life. "I am in the fight for my life, that's kind of what this is all for.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2014 8:53:51 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Murfreesboro restaurant damaged by early morning fire

A Murfreesboro business was damaged after it caught fire early Saturday morning. Firefighters responded to a call at Pad Thai Café on South Church Street at 3:45 a.m. It only took them a couple of minutes to put out the blaze, but the heavy fire and smoke left the eatery inoperable. The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2014 3:41:23 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

2 arrested for arson in Whitfield County

After a three-month investigation the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacob Dylan Plott, 18, who was responsible for the arson of a historical building at Beaverdale Baptist Church, at 2496 Beaverdale Road. On Friday afternoon, investigators arrested a second individual involved in the arson.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2014 2:20:04 PM - SOURCE: Chattanoogan

South Memphis home heavily damaged by fire

A South Memphis man is homeless after an overnight fire heavily damaged his home. The fire broke out just before 3:30 a.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Florida St. south of South Parkway. Firefighters say the man who lived in the home was able to get out on his own before they arrived. He was treated on the scene for minor smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2014 3:06:48 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Mattress Fire Displaces a Dozen People in Chattanooga

(VIDEO) Chattanooga firefighters battle a mattress fire shortly after 6:00 Thursday night. It happened at 918 Hamilton Avenue. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said a mattress was on fire in one of the five apartment units in the building. He said firefighters had the fire out in less than five minutes, containing the fire to one room.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2014 6:44:28 PM - SOURCE: WDEF-TV Channel 12 CBS Chattanooga

Follow-up: Memphis hotel where victims of house fire were staying catches fire

(VIDEO) Firefighters were called to battle a two-alarm fire at a Southeast Memphis Hotel early Thursday morning. Investigators say the fire appeared to have been intentionally set. More than a dozen people had to rescued from their second floor rooms at the Governors Inn & Suites on Mt. Moriah. Several others jumped from windows to escape the fire, which started around 5:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2014 2:27:11 PM - SOURCE: WREG.com

Memphis Fire Department rescues several people from 2 alarm hotel fire

(VIDEO) Multiple fire crews are on the scene of a 2 alarm fire at the Governor's Inn located in the 2400 block of Mt. Moriah Road, near American Way in Memphis. The fire reports came in around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. The left northbound lane of Mt. Moriah is now open between American Way and Interstate 240.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wmcactionnews5.com

Cookeville: New code would require sprinkler systems in duplexes

Cookeville City Council is expected to hear the second and final reading of an ordinance that would update the city’s building code. The change would make the city compliant with the Tennessee Annotated Code, which states a city must be using a building code that is less than seven years old. Currently, the city is using the 2006 International Building Code.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2014 2:24:55 PM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Morristown group needs donations to help restore city's first fire truck

(VIDEO) Three Morristown firefighters are working to restore the city's first fire truck, but donations are needed. The Morristown Fire Department purchased its first motorized fire engine, a 1916 American-LaFrance in that same year for $9,000. The engine served the city for many years, but was eventually replaced by a newer model and placed out of service.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2014 1:58:22 PM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Woman charged after six pot plants found during apartment fire

A woman who was arrested Saturday after firefighters allegedly found six marijuana plants on her balcony while fighting an apartment fire was arraigned Monday on charges including manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a drug free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shortly after 2 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2014 3:44:34 PM - SOURCE: Kingsport Times-News

Animals killed and injured when fire hits Tennessee rescue center

Firefighters rescued live animals and removed the remains of dead ones from a wildlife rehabilitation facility that caught fire in the Nashville suburb of Joelton on Monday, a fire official said. Smoke saturated the facility called Walden's Puddle, a non-profit organization where sick, injured and orphaned Tennessee wildlife such as raccoons and deer receive treatment.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2014 1:25:20 PM - SOURCE: reuters

Murfreesboro Fire gets two new trucks for special operations

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department recently placed two new heavy rescue trucks in service for the organization’s special operations stations on Thompson and Cason lanes, according to officials. The new rescues were assigned to Stations 7 on North Thompson Lane and 9 on Cason Lane, said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2014 12:44:43 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Family Of 7 Escapes Antioch House Fire

A family of seven escaped a fire at their home in Antioch on Tuesday morning. Flames and smoke were visible when the first firefighters got on the scene at the home on Trappers Ridge around 7:30 a.m. The fire started on the back deck, and crews had to fight the flames from the roof. A neighbor who saw the fire knocked on the door of the home in order to wake up the family of seven, including four children, who lived at the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2014 9:56:15 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Mount Juliet to add firefighter positions

(VIDEO) Mount Juliet will expand its fire department despite concerns over the cost. City leaders voted Monday night to add six new firefighters to the payroll. Fire Chief Erron Kinney had claimed the department was understaffed and wasn't meeting national standards. The plan would cost taxpayers about $300,000 per year.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2014 3:37:49 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Fire Damages Home Near Downtown Nashville

A vacant home just south of downtown Nashville was damaged by fire on Monday night. Firefighters were called to a house fire on 2nd Avenue South, near Lafayette Street, around 10:30 p.m. Monday. When they arrived they found heavy smoke coming from home. Once inside, they discovered a fire in the kitchen area.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 10:59:19 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Region: Former Memphis Firefighter Making History In Olive Branch, MS

(VIDEO) A former Memphis fireman is making history in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Charles Gardea is currently an Olive Branch firefighter. He just started a local chapter of the International Firefighters Association in Olive Branch. This comes on the heels of the Memphis City Council's vote to cut health insurance for its retirees.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 6:36:36 PM - SOURCE: WPTY-TV ABC24-CW30-Fox 16 Memphis

Follow-up: Fire truck overturns in Haywood County, sends two firefighters to the hospital

(VIDEO) According to the Haywood County/Brownsville Fire Department at about 10 a.m. a Haywood County fire truck turned over on Mercer Road while responding to a call of smoke coming out of an attic on friendship road. The truck was from Station Two in Brownsville, two firefighters were in the truck and were sent to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 2:54:24 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ TV

Firefighters pull Cocke County woman from burning building

A Cocke County woman was hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation following a Saturday afternoon fire in her home. Sherry M. Jarnagin, Friendship Road, Cosby, called 911 at 3:35 p.m. to report she was cooking when her stove caught fire and the flames were spreading to the cabinets. She told dispatchers she was using a wet towel in an effort to extinguish the flames, but the dispatcher told Jarnagin to leave the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 8:49:10 AM - SOURCE: Morristown Citizen Tribune

Several animals die in Walden's Puddle fire

(VIDEO) Several animals that were being helped at Walden's Puddle were killed in an early morning fire Monday. The fire was reported in a building at Walden's Puddle, which provides care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned native Tennessee wildlife. Officials with Walden's Puddle said they were told the fire started in a laundry room of the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 3:35:23 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Memphis firefighters pose with 'will work for health care' signs

(VIDEO) Memphis budget cuts prompted a powerful photo shoot, but city employees say there's nothing pretty about their new benefits. Firefighters posed in front of Memphis landmarks with carefully-worded signs, but in the end, Memphis may be the place some of them decide to leave. In full gear, firefighters hold signs that say "people over profit" and "will work for health care and benefits.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMCActionNews5.com

Clutter stalls Knoxville Fire Department from putting out fire in South Knoxville

Knoxville firefighters were able to put out an overnight fire, but not without some trouble from the home's contents. Knoxville Fire Department officials say they responded to the Mayfield Avenue home just before midnight on Friday to find heavy smoke billowing from the windows and doors. Crews say they had a difficult time advancing their water hoses into the home because of a dangerous amount of clutter inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE.com

Bradley County tweaks fire district borders

Bradley County's fire districts have changed to account for three fire stations — on Georgetown Road, Minnis Road and Dalton Pike — that began operations last summer. The redistricting is based on whether homes and other properties are within five miles of Bradley County Fire & Rescue stations that have full-time, paid staff, County Mayor D.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2014 11:30:09 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Two Homeless Men Indicted for McClung Warehouse Blaze

Two homeless men accused of setting the Feb. 1 fire that destroyed the remains of the McClung warehouses complex on Jackson Avenue have been indicted on charges of aggravated arson. Robert Montgomery, 60, and Joey Bryant, 32, also were indicted on charges of trespassing, vandalism and aggravated assault.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2014 7:35:42 PM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Two Firefighters Hurt After Truck Rolls In Rutherford County

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Two firefighters with the Kittrell Fire Department were injured after the fire truck they were traveling in flipped over, trapping one of them inside. Officials said the truck was responding to a call at the time. The driver lost control as they were responding to a fire. It happened around 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2014 2:50:20 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Court Hearing For Man Accused Of Killing In-Laws In Lebanon Explosion

A court hearing was held in Wilson County for the man accused of killing his in-laws with an explosive device in Lebanon. During a pre-trial motions hearing for Richard Parker on Friday morning, Wilson County Circuit Court Judge John Wootten expressed a desire to set the trial within the October time frame, but expressed concern about scientific evidence causing delays.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2014 8:41:17 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Sparta man arrested on two counts of arson

Two residential fires on the afternoon of June 12 had firefighters across the county scrambling as they attempted to attend to both blazes, and one man is now in police custody for reportedly setting those fires. According to public records from White County E-911, the first fire was in a trailer located at 5439 McMinnville Highway and was reported at 3:04 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2014 2:26:05 AM - SOURCE: Expositor - My Sparta News

Heat exhaustion major concern for Tennessee firefighters during summer

Heat exhaustion is a major concern for firefighters during the summer months. The Hendersonville Fire department told News 2 that being overcome by the heat is almost expected. “I've been transported for heat exhaustion. Fortunately, I haven't had heat stroke yet, but I have been transported and all of our guys have had it at some point and time,” said Hendersonville Fire Captain Randy Porter.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2014 4:45:33 PM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Trenton Fire Chief Passes Away

One of Trenton's bravest passed away on Wednesday. Trenton Fire Chief Barry Green passed away around 9 p.m. at Humboldt General Hospital from a heart attack, according to Trenton Mayor Tony Burriss. Chief Green served for 34 years at the Trenton Fire Department, and 21 of those years were as chief. According to the TFD, the captain on each shift will serve as temporary chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2014 2:38:29 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Lightning may have caused Knox County house fire

Afternoon storms appear to be the cause of a house fire in Corryton. Rural Metro firefighters and the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad responded to the fire on Gilmore Lane before 3 o'clock Thursday. Someone inside the house heard a clap of thunder and saw pieces of the siding fall to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2014 2:33:19 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Memphis police and fire consider moving offices

The Memphis Police Department (MPD) headquarters is "crowded and costly." The Memphis Division of Fire Services headquarters has a nice river view and is "not the highest and best use of the property." The two departments could cut costs for taxpayers by moving in together and sharing some back-office staffers.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2014 1:23:35 PM - SOURCE: Memphis Flyer

Firefighter treated on scene of West Nashville house fire

A firefighter was treated after being overcome by heat while fighting a house fire in west Nashville on Thursday morning. Nashville Firefighters said the fire was heavily involved at the home in the 6400 block of Premier Drive when they got on the scene around 8:20 a.m. The resident was not home at the time, but firefighters rescued a dog and some birds.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2014 8:56:56 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Fire at Chattanooga home believed to be arson

A fire that caused $25,000 worth of damage at a Chattanooga home this morning is believed to have been intentionally set. Chattanooga firefighters responded to 404 Somerville Avenue shortly after midnight. Firefighters had to force their way into the house. They were able to contain the blaze to the rear of the house, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2014 6:38:22 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Renovations Bring 'Edutainment' to Memphis Fire Museum

Daryl Akins struggled to tear his 6-year-old son Amare Akins from the Fire Museum of Memphis' new arcade Monday morning. "Come on Amare," Akins said as he ushered his son, still reaching toward the game, into another room for a ceremony connected to the museum's newly-renovated arcade. "They did a great job with the situations they put them in, especially with the school fire alarm because they'll know what it sounds like," he said about the interactive games.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Tractor trailer catches fire on 81 in Kingsport

A tractor trailer reportedly caught on fire while traveling along Interstate 81 Tuesday afternoon. The tractor trailer hauling frozen food, specifically broccoli, was traveling on I-81 southbound when the driver noticed the truck on fire. The driver then reportedly pulled off of the interstate and onto the ramp at Exit 57B, which heads towards Kingsport, and stopped.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2014 7:45:10 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Fire damages Gray home, forces evacuations after getting close to propane tank

Fire damaged a Gray, Tennessee home Tuesday night and forced neighbors to evacuate. The fire at 257 Hugh Cox Road was dangerously close to a 500 gallon propane tank, so firefighters ordered people in two nearby homes to evacuate. Neighbors on a nearby street were put on alert. A man who was house-sitting for his brother noticed the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2014 7:45:06 PM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Massive cuts made to health insurance for City of Memphis employees, retirees

Memphis City Council has voted to make massive cuts to health insurance for city employees and retirees. A lawsuit could follow and taxpayers would foot the bill. The city proposed a range of cuts to its health insurance model, from increasing premium rates for retirees to increasing the smoker surcharge.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2014 10:38:03 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Fire Damages Psychic's House in Hixson, Man Found 'Unresponsive'

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a house fire at 5454 Hixson Pike around 9:30 Tuesday morning. Firefighters found a man sitting inside a truck in the front yard, unresponsive. He was rushed to Erlanger Medical Center. His condition is unknown and it is not clear if his condition was related to the fire or not.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2014 9:07:01 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Fire Destroys Mobile Home In Sumner County

A family’s home was destroyed by fire overnight in Sumner County. The mobile home on Corum Hill Road in Castalian Springs was engulfed in flames when fire crews got on the scene around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Firefighters said the man who lives there was working on a piece of equipment on the back porch when it caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2014 5:35:26 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Chattanooga Fire Department opens new fire hall in East Lake

Senior firefighter Daniel Santore Jr. said he might miss using the fire pole at his old fire station, but he and 14 other firefighters headquartered in East Lake won't miss much else. The Chattanooga Fire Department officially opened a new fire station on Eighth Avenue Monday afternoon to take the place of its 85-year-old predecessor on Sixth Avenue that closed in May.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2014 10:47:13 PM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Wilson County firefighters group opposes privatizing ambulance service

A Wilson County firefighters group is opposed to the proposal in Mt. Juliet to privatize ambulance service. Currently the service is provided by the county. Wilson County Professional Firefighters Association says it's silly to hire a private company to do what the county is already doing using taxpayer money.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2014 8:20:35 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Baxter Fire Department increases work hours

The extra coverage from firefighters in Baxter is a result of the growing city. Back in 2008 when the department first formed, only one of the firefighters worked from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and that was only five days a month — and on randomly chosen days. “We’ve started out really small, and we’ve worked up to covering every day (during the workweek),” Holmes said.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2014 2:01:29 AM - SOURCE: Cookeville Herald Citizen

Knoxville: Rural Metro Fire Department receives pet oxygen masks donation

Locally owned Animal Emergency & Specialty Center (AESC) made a donation of special pet oxygen masks to the Rural Metro Fire Department on Saturday June 7, 2014. Every year tens of thousands of pets nationwide die as a result of being trapped in house fires. The most important first line treatment for animals rescued from burning buildings or those that are victims of carbon monoxide poisoning is immediate oxygen therapy.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2014 1:48:12 PM - SOURCE: Knoxville Daily Sun

Bradley County firefighters push for higher wages

"There's always talk about salaries in the fire department." Troy Maney has been the chief of Bradley County Fire and Rescue for nine months. In that short time, two fire fighters in the 21-man station have quit their jobs. "We've lost two fire fighters," says Maney. "One took a job in Georgia, they other moved out of state.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2014 8:38:41 PM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC 9 Chattanooga

Firefighters respond to call for teens in East Memphis ditch

Memphis firefighters and water-rescue crews spent several hours searching a rain-swollen ditch in East Memphis Thursday night after reports that as many as four teens were in the water. However, officials were not certain that anyone was actually in the water, as they were relying on witness statements that the teens were in the ditch.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2014 6:43:06 AM - SOURCE: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Mt. Juliet considers fire department expansion, private ambulances

The growing town of Mount Juliet is considering expanding its brand new fire department. City leaders are also considering dropping the current ambulance service provided by Wilson County Emergency Management in favor of a private company. Thursday night, at a special meeting with Mt. Juliet city leaders, the fire department said its current response isn't up to par with national standards.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2014 11:21:37 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Pigeon Forge fire chief decides to lead community weight loss

The Pigeon Forge Fire Chief has decided to rally the community in an effort to shed pounds. Chief Tony Watson says he's struggled with his weight since high school and now hopes to finally stick to healthy life choices. He says it's been hard to drop the weight, but a group effort has helped. "There were some folks together talking about trying to lose some weight.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2014 3:42:26 PM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Update: Erwin Mental Health closes until further notice due to smoke and fire damage

Erwin Mental Health will remain closed due to smoke and fire damage - until further notice. Firefighters were sent to the mental health center Tuesday morning to respond to smoke in the lobby area. It was first thought the fire was in the attic, but Erwin Fire Chief James D. Bailey says the fire was difficult to chase down due to some remodeling work.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2014 10:44:07 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

I-26 crash near Erwin sends at least 1 to hospital

A rollover crash on Interstate 26 near mile marker 40 sent at least one person to the hospital Thursday morning. The car crossed both lanes of traffic and crashed through a guardrail near the Nolichucky River Bridge north of the Jackson-Love Highway about 9:15 a.m. The vehicle flipped, went down an embankment and wound up on its top.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2014 10:05:18 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City Press

Update: Hazmat Crews Respond To Midtown Train Fire

Smoke clouded neighborhoods in Midtown early Wednesday morning after several train cars caught fire. Fire crews were called to Barksdale Street and York Avenue around 5:20 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, they saw fire coming from three railroad box cars. Traffic was blocked near McLean and York while firefighters worked to put out the fire and determine what was inside the damaged train cars.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2014 1:58:45 AM - SOURCE: local memphis

Children, 4 and 6, blamed for Paris apartment fire

(VIDEO) Three West Tennessee families are homeless, after a fire scorches an apartment building. The blaze left more than $60,000 worth of damage. "I went to the bathroom to get a bucket of water and by the time I went back to the room the fire had spread," said Amy Braza who lived in the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2014 9:05:23 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Hamilton County man charged for stealing hydrant water to fill swimming pool

(VIDEO) A Hamilton County man is busted for stealing water from a fire hydrant to fill up his swimming pool. Soddy-Daisy Police charged him with Theft of Services. It's a crime local officials say likely happens more than they can prove. Soddy-Daisy Police responded to Fritts Road where neighbors reported a man using fire hydrant water to fill his pool.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2014 5:02:12 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Memphis: Hazmat crews respond to train on fire in Midtown

(VIDEO) Memphis Fire Department was called to a train fire in the area of South Barksdale Street, near York Avenue and South McLean Boulevard in Midtown. A hazardous material crew was called to the fire. Emergency crews have also closed a section of S. McLean Blvd. between York and Evelyn Avenues. According to MFD Lt.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2014 4:48:55 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5 Memphis

Knoxville Fire to host Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs

The Knoxville Fire Department is going to serve as the hosting agency for the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. This leadership conference will be in Knoxville June 18-20 at the Knoxville Convention Center. “This is an outstanding opportunity for Knoxville and its firefighters to showcase our city,” said Chief Stan Sharp.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2014 3:30:33 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Jackson: Firefighters, JEA work together to save trapped kitten

(VIDEO) Tuesday was not a typical day for some Jackson firemen. The rescue of a tiny kitten was the center of a operation that took several people and hours. "Since I've been a career firemen, I've never rescued a cat," Paul Billingsley, a Jackson firefighter, said. On Monday, stylists at the Euphoria Salon began hearing a kitten cry.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2014 6:03:41 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Erwin Mental Health Center closed rest of week due to smoke damage

A fire at an Erwin mental health facility Tuesday morning has closed the business for the week. Erwin Fire Chief James D. Bailey said firefighters were sent to Frontier Health's Erwin Mental Health Center at 8 a.m. Tuesday because of smoke in the front lobby area. He thought the fire was in the attic or upper area of the building, but due to extensive remodeling work it was difficult to chase down the fire to ensure it was extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2014 9:39:49 AM - SOURCE: Johnson City WJHL

Clarksville trailer destroyed in suspicious fire

Police and fire officials continue to investigate a trailer house fire at 50 Lou Ann Drive that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Monday. The cause of the fire was inconclusive but it did lead to the investigation of a meth lab, according to Clarksville Police. Firefighters battled the blaze in the back corner of the trailer with flames reaching forty feet in height.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2014 6:39:18 AM - SOURCE: Business Clarksville

Fire destroys home in Lafayette

A single-wide mobile home burned out completely on Monday in Lafayette, destroying belongings owned by a family that was in the process of moving in. The fire call came in at about noon. The home, which was a rental property located on Elm Street in Lafayette, was already fully involved by the time Lafayette firemen arrived.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2014 1:43:57 AM - SOURCE: Macon County Times

EPA at Knoxville College to remove hazardous materials

Crews from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have arrived at Knoxville College to begin removing thousands of bottles of hazardous materials found in an abandoned science building on campus. The A.K. Stewart Science Building is one of many vacant buildings at the struggling historic college.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2014 1:44:32 PM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Rutherford County Commission Budget Committee endorses new firefighting equipment

The Rutherford County Commission Budget Committee agreed to a $650,000 plan to buy two more firefighting trucks and equipment. County Mayor Ernest Burgess also endorsed the plan for fast-growing Rutherford as a step in updating aging trucks and equipment that help full-time and volunteer firefighters protect residents living in the unincorporated rural and subdivision areas.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2014 4:42:04 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News Journal

Sullivan County works with cities to upgrade emergency dispatch system

Bristol Police Chief Blaine Wade knows emergency communications in Sullivan County is a ticking time bomb. The radios were purchased over a decade ago and are no longer serviced by Motorola, the manufacturer. “Our system is over 12 years old and the architecture is kind of obsolete,” Wade said. “We are having to buy used parts.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TriCities

Lawrence County child drowns

A 9-year-old Lawrence County boy drowned Saturday after slipping into a rain-swollen creek, becoming the third person in three days to succumb to weather-related accidents in the area. Officials declined to release the name of the latest victim who reportedly was playing in the water with two other children in a creek on Knob Creek Road when he went in too far and was sucked in, Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Jay Moore said.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2014 5:18:56 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

Hood named new Spring Hill fire chief

A former Franklin firefighter and arson investigator will soon be talking the helm of the Spring Hill Fire Department. Chief Terry Hood will take officially take his position on July 1. While the position is challenging, Hood said he is hopeful to help expand the department. “I am looking forward to further forming it and getting things going,” Hood said.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2014 7:59:59 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Herald

La Vergne man accused of setting fire to own home

A Rutherford County man has been accused of setting fire to his own home, after an alleged domestic dispute. Officials with the La Vergne Police Department said 30-year-old Eric Sharpe was involved in a domestic dispute late Friday night, when he allegedly set his house on fire with his girlfriend and her two children still inside of it.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2014 5:33:21 PM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Diabetic Knoxville firefighter told he can't be trusted with others' lives battles back

It would be easy to think Mark Lane is living the sweet life: A part time job as an instructor at Cross Fit K-Town helping people get into shape and a full time job helping people in crisis as a Knoxville Firefighter. But when the family motto is a bible verse about adversity, you know that too much of anything, even sweetness, isn't good.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2014 8:30:21 AM - SOURCE: WVLT Local 8 Now

Memphis-area teen pleads guilty in death of mother in 2013 fire

A Memphis-area teenager was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to setting a house fire that killed his mother. Jonathan Ray, 15, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated arson in Shelby County Criminal Court. In an agreement with prosecutors, Ray was sentenced by Judge James Lammey to 25 years in prison without parole on the murder plea and 15 years on the arson charge, to be served at the same time.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2014 8:38:33 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times & Free Press

Fire breaks out at manufacturing plant in Greenville

A fire caused some damage to a manufacturing plant in part of our region. We found out from WGRV radio station in Greeneville that a fire broke out at The Parker Hannifin Plant on Snapps Ferry Road just after 8:30 last night. According to Greeneville Fire Chief Mark Foulks, large transformers on the front side of the building caught fire leaking oil and creating thick black smoke and heavy flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB.com

Huntingdon Fire Station Impacted by Flood

Flooding in Carroll County put a big strain on the Huntingdon Fire Department. Station 3 on Northwood Drive has more than three feet of water outside and inside the building, leaving the city without the fire truck inside for a few hours. The flooding was caused by a nearby brook which overflowed its banks.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 9:14:57 PM - SOURCE: WBBJ-TV ABC 7

New East Lake fire hall to delay move-in date

There will be a delayed move-in date into the new one-point-five-million dollar Chattanooga Fire Hall in East Lake. This comes after fire officials found incomplete electrical wiring and drainage problems. Firefighters for Fire Hall #9 are temporarily bunking at the Alton Park Station, six miles away.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 5:50:50 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga Fire Department conduct evacuation drill

Memorial Hospital teamed up with the Chattanooga Fire Department Thursday morning for an evacuation drill as its newest wing of the hospital set to open later this summer: The Heart and Vascular Center. Almost 30 new firefighters played mock patients. The goal was to test the evacuation process in case of an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 4:44:09 PM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga

Lightning strike causes chimney to explode in Green Hills

Lightning struck a home in Green Hills during the early morning hours Thursday causing the chimney to explode. Broken and charred bricks were found all over the roof and driveway of the home located on Benton Smith Road off Harding Place. The loud boom woke up Clyde Perkins and his wife around 3:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 9:22:10 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

Nine People Rescued from Rising Waters at Dickson Apartments

More than a half-dozen people are rescued in Dickson overnight from high waters. Seven people were assisted out of the Spring Haven Apartments, 301 Spring Street, at around 2 a.m., when 30" of water inundated the grounds, according to the fire department. Two people slept through it and they were assisted out when the fire department went back at 6:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 6:38:14 AM - SOURCE: WZTV Fox 17

Fire Destroys Donelson Church After Suspected Lightning Strike

(VIDEO) A south Nashville church was destroyed by fire after it was believed to have been struck by lightning for the second time in two years. The fire broke out around 1:45 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene on Vultee Boulevard. A man said he was woken up by a loud noise, and went outside to find the church in flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 5:02:37 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Williamson County Rescue Squad lowers fire protection costs

Hurricanes, tornadoes and floods that hit nationally and locally several years ago caused insurance companies to reevaluate several insurance classifications including fire protection. Thousands of Williamson County homeowners saw sharp increases in their fire insurance. In rural areas of the county, the change amounted to an increase of hundreds - even thousands of dollars - because companies changed the distance to the nearest fire station from a five-mile circle to five driving miles.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 3:15:19 AM - SOURCE: Williamson Herald

Fire department burns Brentwood house for training exercises

When homebuilder Bryan Edwards was asked to tear down a Brentwood house so a new one could be built on the site, he had a better idea. He invited the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department to burn it down. “I called it the ‘big boom’ when they burned that house to the ground,” said Edwards, president of Hughes-Edwards Builders.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tennessean.com

Clarksville launches new emergency radio system

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

South Knoxville home engulfed in flames

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

Walker County upgrades emergency equipment

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

Aldermen Accept Fire Chief Johnston's Resignation

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

Manchester Fire Chief Keeps Job, Board Doesn't Vote

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

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

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

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

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

KFD quickly extinguishes fire at East Knoxville apartment complex

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

Murfreesboro Pool Store Fire Sends 4 To Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$1 million to go to Chattanooga police disparity

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

Cookeville Fire Department urge minding fire safety in hotels

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

La Vergne to require new homes to have sprinklers

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

Clarksville City Council delays vote on fire station 12 agreement

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

Mold keeps Mt. Pleasant firehouse quiet

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

Gallatin man accused of aggravated arson

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

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

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

Fairview firefighters conduct mutual aid exercises

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

Office of the State Firre Marshal warns about sky lantern use

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

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

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

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

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

Sevierville firefighters train with junk cars

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

New La Vergne homes may need sprinklers

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

Teen Arrested For Setting Fire At Chattanooga Group Home

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

Two people injured in Nashville meth-related house fire

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

Cleveland Fire Department Features Vehicle Extraction Demonstration

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

Witnesses: Man caught himself on fire during arson attempt

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

Murfreesboro family displaced by Memorial Day house fire

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

Fire damages well-known Lookout Mountain restaurant in Hamilton County

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

Couple injured while fighting fire near Donelson

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

Memphis fire truck collides with car, 1 civilian injured

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

Shelby County: Several rescued from burning Cordova apartment building

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

Dandridge church destroyed by fire

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

Two firefighters injured in church fire in Orange Mound

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

Fire destroys west Nashville home, car

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

Auburntown man captures fiery car crash on cell phone

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

Two trapped after car flips in Bradley County shopping plaza

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

Bradley County to upgrade firefighter training center

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

Mount Carmel BMA proposes using savings to balance budget

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

Questions arise over Memphis firefighters' use of sick days

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

Follow Up: Memphis city budget dispute remains staring match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crews put out fire at Mt. Juliet mobile home

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

Fire Dept. lights up Hillsboro house in unique training exercise

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

Fire at Johnson City apartment kills one person

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

Clarksville Mayor Column: Two fire stations are on track

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

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

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

Body found in Greenbrier fire

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

6 employees at North Knoxville steel mill hurt in explosion

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

Wilson County home destroyed by fire

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

Opinion: Clarksville can't renege on Exit 1 firehouse

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

Six Cleveland firefighters to be honored for saving lives

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

Million-dollar fire station still not operational in Murfreesboro

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

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

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

Fire Damages Garage At Madison Auto Business

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

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

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

Memphis Firefighter Caught On Camera Parked Illegally While Shopping

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

Bradley County Fire Board to extend its districts

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

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

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

Police Officer Responding To Call Finds Fire At Nashville Apartments

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

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

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

Woman killed in Maynardville mobile home blaze

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

Two Dogs Killed in Shelby County House Fire

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

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

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

Nashville: Rescue workers deliver baby in Rosewood Heights

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

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

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

Clarksville shifts focus from one new fire station to another

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

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

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

Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Vehicle Arson is a Combustible Crime

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

Woman arrested after allegedly stealing ambulance from Englewood fire station

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

Rutherford County family of 10 escape house fire

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

Cleveland firefighters plan open houses on May 17

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

Sevier County dental office goes up in flames

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

Rutherford County child severely burned playing with lighter found near home

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

La Vergne votes not to renew contract with rescue unit

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

Arson Awareness Week targets vehicle fires

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis City Council pension report contradicts others

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

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

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

Candle Blamed for Lookout Valley House Fire

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

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

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

2 Charged With Reckless Endangerment After Truck Fire in Murfreesboro

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

Crashed plane located in Lauderdale County; Pilot reportedly unconscious

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

Arson suspected as Rhea County duplex burns twice in one night

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

Small fire damages Arrow Exterminators building in Maryville

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

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

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

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

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

Dangerous chemicals investigated after Highland Strip fire

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

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

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

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

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

Chattanooga duplex fire leaves woman homeless

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

Fire destroys North Knox County mobile home; no injuries reported

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

Three Firefighters Hurt In Memphis Printing Shop Fire

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

Dollywood's Firechaser Express commemorates local firefighters

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

EMTs Threatened While Assisting Patient In Madison

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

Columbia man charged with aggravated arson

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

Flames erupt in North Knoxville church

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

Blaze destroys home in Wilson County

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

Clarksville City Council honors heroic firefighters

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

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

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

Dyersburg Fire Dept. seeks funding for upgraded system

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

Tractor trailer destroyed by fire along I-24E

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

Photo taken of citizens helping Memphis firefighters sparks discussion

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

Hendersonville to deliver weather alerts by phone, social media

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

Memphis man rescued from house fire

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

Johnson City Fire Department: iPads helping with better response times

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

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

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

Tennessee fire marshal urges safety about lightning during storm season

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

Signal Fire Department trains in rope rescue with new equipment

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

One Killed In Murfreesboro House Fire

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

Jackson Firefighters Teach ROTC Cadets Life Skill

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

Seymour Volunteer Fire Department receives donated pet oxygen masks

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

Lincoln County man watches as neighbor's home destroyed

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

Lightning strike causes fire at Lebanon Cracker Barrel offices

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

Follow-up: Memphis firefighters injured while battling downtown blaze

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

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

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

4 Memphis firefighters hurt when wall collapses

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

Sharon raises money for firefighter after blaze destroys his home

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

Andersonville fire department money on hold for charging membership fees

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

Careless brush burning still an issue in Hamilton County

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

Crossville Fire gets new, lighter gear

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

Elderly man critically burned in South Nashville

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

Authorities seek cause of blaze that destroyed Roan Mountain building

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

Chattanooga Firefighters Save Several Southside Businesses

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

State Fire Marshal urges wildfire preparedness

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

Dickson County building likely 'total loss' after fire

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

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

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

Brush fire spreads and destroys home in Lakesite

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

North Nashville Home Destroyed By Fire; Firefighter Hospitalized

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

One injured in North Knoxville house fire

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

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

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

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

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

Early morning fire kills Memphis man

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

4 fires in 2 hours stretch Sevier County crews thin

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

Hardin County Man Dies in Cooking Fire

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

Fire damages Kingsport garbage truck

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

Home Destroyed by Fire in Dalton

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

Crews battle more East Hamblen forest fires

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

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

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

Elderly woman and her son die in Monroe County house fire

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

Family of five displaced by house fire in south Nashville

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

Knoxville firefighters team up to help one of their own

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

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

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

Man escapes overnight house fire in S. Knox County

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

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

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

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

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

1 killed, 3 injured in explosion at McEwen ammo plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Station Feasibility Study Calls For New Station In Signal Mountain

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

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department names new Assistant Chief of Medical Services

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

Firefighters control blaze at Gatlinburg condominiums

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

Report: Jackson firefighter said he was taking marijuana to cousin

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

Chattanooga firefighters put out porch fire

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

Car Fire Leads To Arrest Of Accused Rapist In Murfreesboro

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

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

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

West Knox County Crew Follows Burning Train to Douse Fire

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

Oak Ridge Fire Department officers receive national accreditation

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

Rutherford County Student Saves Neighbor From Burning Apartment

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

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

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

Fire Outside Memphis Raceway Burns 22 Cars

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

Police: Man Set Fire That Destroyed Nashville Home After Argument

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

Memphis: Hazmat Situation at Methodist Hospital

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

Neighbors save three children from Memphis house fire

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

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

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

Two years after Knoxville mulch fire lawmakers look at making changes

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

La Vergne hires 11 firefighters for new fire department

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

House destroyed by fire in Springfield

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

Fire hydrant that Greene County deputies previously blocked moved back

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

City of Lebanon eyes new fire station

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

Two Jackson Sonic employees charged with arson

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

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

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

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