The Palmerdale Fire District has announced a 12.5% dues increase across the board for all residents. The extra funds will go towards buying and staffing an additional ambulance, but not everyone is happy about paying the extra fees.
Residents took to social media. Some are understanding of the dues hike. Others, not so much.
"I open the door and there was flames there! Like a wall of fire," says Andrew Hill as he recounts the fire that took place at his home four years ago. He says the Palmerdale Fire District saved the lives of one of his pets, but he also says that one of the fire trucks malfunctioned at the scene. As a result, he’s skeptical of the increase.
"The engine just overheated," says Hill. "I hope that they would use their funds properly."
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Firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at a Burger King restaurant in Birmingham Saturday evening.
The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service was called to the 1500 block of 6th Avenue South, just before 6:30 p.m.
When crews arrived, they saw light smoke in the building.
Everyone inside the building evacuated safely.
Fire crews had to cut holes in the roof to help with ventilation.
The kitchen suffered damage from the fire, and the business will be closed for now.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the ceiling.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
No injuries were reported.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday where the new Wattsville Fire Department Station #2 will be built.
Fire Department personnel, along with the St. Clair County Commission, Metro Bank representative Will Hardwick, Adrick Goodgame with Goodgame Company and several others were on hand for the ceremony.
Fire Chief Lester Welch said Station #2 will be built in the next 180 days. It will be off Alabama 174 and Tanyard Lane.