It’s been 32 years since Vestavia Hills Fire Chief Jim St. John walked into a Birmingham fire station and asked how to get a job as a firefighter.
In the time since, St. John has been with the city of Vestavia through large structural fires, tornadoes, a plane crash and thousands of emergency calls.
“Firefighters tend to see people on their worst days, and so I’ve gotten a lot of personal satisfaction from being able to help people out on those days, and to leave things in better shape than we found them,” he said.
It was the department’s focus on training and preparedness that he said drew him to Vestavia, as well as the desire to stay near where he grew up.
A suspect is in custody. Fire investigators in Arab believe he is somehow connected to an overnight house fire.
Fire officials put out the fire and say it wasn't long they got credible evidence this wasn't just a house fire.
Arab fire crews responded to a house fire on Shoal Creek Road just before 3 a.m.
A neighbor called in the fire to say there were flames coming out of the attic, and it was fully involved with fire crews arrived. With the help of some adjoining volunteer fire departments, the fire was contained in an hour.
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A Fort Payne man lost his home to a fire Wednesday afternoon.
The Fort Payne Fire Department responded to a call around 1:26 p.m. concerning a home located on Alabama 35 off Glenn Boulevard in Fort Payne.
Assistant Fire Chief Ron Saferite said it was a fully involved structural fire. The home burned in minutes.
"When we arrived to the scene, it was already full involved,” Saferite said. “By the time we set up to respond, it was already too far gone.
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East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department will officially put a new truck into service Saturday, and the community is invited to be a part of the dedication.
A ceremony is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire house on East Limestone Road, just north of East Limestone High School. The formal dedication ceremony is set for noon, but other events that day will include a LifeSouth blood drive and a fundraiser for the family of Ashleigh Jones, the Johnson Elementary School student critically injured April 18 after being struck by a car.
Two people are without a home this morning after theirs caught fire Wednesday night.
Volunteer firefighters from Moores Mill and surrounding areas were called to the 100 block of Claty Drive, just off Baltimore Hill Road, around 10:45 pm.
When they arrived, they could see flames coming from one end of the mobile home. Crews were able to put the fire out in about 30 minutes. We are told two adults live in the home and were able to get out safely.
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