VIDEO: A fire damages a popular chain restaurant in Saraland. Viewer Penny Honodel sent us this video.
The fire was called in just before 1:00 o’clock Monday morning at Ruby Tuesday’s.
Saraland Fire Chief Jeff Ludlam said firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building near the kitchen.
No one was there at the time.
No one was hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Plans to implement the Cahaba Valley Fire District’s 2020-25 Strategic Plan are now on hold following a special election vote at the end of August.
The plan was created after a 2019 survey in which residents in the district were invited to share their thoughts and ideas for the future. After the results were in, a strategic planning committee was created to consolidate and evaluate the surveys.
The proposed two-step increase would have taken place over two years and increased fire dues by a total of 75% from their current rate. Year 1 (fiscal 2022) would have a 35% increase, followed by a 30% increase in year 2 (fiscal 2023). This would have allowed the department to increase its current budget from about $3,600,000 to $5,800,000.
“What it boils down to is around a 65-70% increase overall, but it would have accomplished everything we needed to accomplish,” CVFD Fire Chief Buddy Wilks said.
Several first responders spent about seven hours this weekend working to get an injured person out of a Jackson County cave.
According to Scottsboro-Jackson County Rescue Squad, crews responded to a call of an injured person trapped at Tumbling Rock Cave Saturday.
Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve, in Fackler, is a cave system about six miles long. The injured person was about one mile into the cave.
The victim’s name and condition were not released in an announcement of the incident. Assisting in the rescue was the Huntsville Cave Unit, Hamilton County Rescue Squad, Highland Ambulance, Jackson County Sherriff’s Office and Hollywood Fire Dept.
“Without all the assistance this type of rescue would be impossible,” the rescue squad said.