Alabama News

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fire Scorches Grass In Downtown Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa firefighters believe a piece of plastic and a transformer sparked a grass fire in downtown Tuscaloosa Monday afternoon. It happened around 2 p.m. behind Innisfree on University Boulevard, right next to the federal courthouse. Firefighters said the fire got big enough to threaten cars parked nearby, but their owners removed them from the lot and none were damaged. “What happened was there was some plastic that flew up from a job site and got caught in a power line, which caused it to arc,” said Tuscaloosa Firefighter Lt. Jeff Woods. “When it arced it spliced the line, and we had a live wire on the ground.” Aside from temporarily losing electricity, no businesses were affected by the blaze.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Decatur: Ambulance service falls short on response times; blames hospital and 911

First Response ambulance response times failed to meet Decatur City Code requirements, but the EMS committee on Tuesday did not recommended City Council action or make a finding that the ambulance service had good cause for its failure. Decatur Fire Chief Tony Grande said he’s frustrated at First Response’s failure to meet the requirements of the city code, but noted that some of the failure could have been the result of overly conservative classification of calls as emergencies by Morgan County 911 and by delays at Decatur Morgan Hospital in preparing patients for non-emergency transport from the hospital. Grande also reiterated his preference for a city-owned ambulance service. The city code requires that First Response, which has a monopoly in the city, have a response time of eight minutes or less on 90 percent of its in-city calls and 12 minutes or less on 90 percent of its calls in the police jurisdiction.
Decatur Daily

Family Rebuilding After Devastating House Fire in North-East Montgomery

A mother and daughter in North-East Montgomery are trying to rebuild after losing almost everything in a devastating house fire. A neighbor showed Alabama News Network these pictures of the house on Garden Street going up in flames last Wednesday. Fire officials believe the fire started from the stove, though neither Jorie Stovall or her daughter were home when their house went up in flames. The two lost nearly all of their belongings but rather than focusing on all that they lost, Stovall says they are focusing on all that is left behind instead. “It’s hard but I just look at it as we’re not dead, we’re alive, we can replace things and it’s just time to rebuild” said the single mom.Stovall says she was renting the home and did not have renter’s insurance. The Red Cross has offered some help and a friend has started a GoFundMe page but right now Stovall says she’s in need of more than just charitable donations.
Alabama News Network

Bessemer: Retired firefighter, Darrell Garrett, announced as The Foundry’s COO

The Foundry Ministries staff and board of directors is has announced Darrell Garrett as the ministry’s Chief Operating Officer. Retired from a 30-year career in fire service, Garrett will now utilize his life-saving skills to assist men, women and families burdened by homelessness and addiction. Serving with fire and rescue teams in the Alabama communities of Homewood, Forestdale, Graysville and Birmingham, Garrett most recently held the positions of Fire Investigator/Inspector, Tactical Medic, Public Information Officer and Administrative Lieutenant in Homewood, where under his leadership the department’s Heavy Rescue Team was created. Garrett is also an ordained pastor and has served as a student pastor and counselor at several local churches.
Trussville Tribune

Dothan Fire Department battles blaze on Cottonwood Road

Dothan Fire and Dothan Police officials are investigating a “suspicious” fire that decimated a home on Cottonwood Road early Wednesday morning. At approximately 5:48 a.m., a passerby or a neighbor reported a fire at a home in the 3900 block of Cottonwood Road, according to Dothan Fire Deputy Chief Chris Etheredge. Firefighters arrived to find a major fire burning at the residence. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the home suffered “extensive damage due to a delay in detection,” Etheredge said. No one was at home of the time of the fire, and no one suffered injuries from the blaze. Part of the reason the fire is suspicious, though, is Dothan Police received a call in reference to a potential burglary either in the late-night hours or early-morning hours, said Dothan Police’s Lt. Lynn Watkins. Watkins noted officers did not find evidence to conclude a burglary had occurred, though.
Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress

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