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Fire association sued for refusing to serve

Issue 7 and Volume 138.

Fire association sued for refusing to serve Dispatches A volunteer fire association that stood by and watched the burning of a house and two _____asinesses in a small town 20 miles southwest of Little Rock, AR, has been sued for more than $1.4 million, according to an Associated Press report. The association refused to extinguish the blaze because the occupants failed to pay their protection fees. Anthony Brazil, whose home burned while firefighters watched (see “A Giant Step Backward,” Editorial, FIRE ENGINEERING, March 1985), filed suit against the Salem Volunteer Fire Association, Salem, AR; Salem Fire Chief Ron Courtney; and the Shelter Insurance Co., the fire association’s liability carrier. He is seeking $850,000 in damages. Brazil and his family were at church services when they were informed that their two-story home was on fire. Salem firefighters rushed to the scene but refused to extinguish the blaze, saying Brazil hadn’t paid…

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