Woman doesn’t hold grudge in aftermath of rural SF fire

Woman doesn’t hold grudge in aftermath of rural SF fire

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 9:24 pm

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Paulette Cranick of South Fulton says she doesn’t hold a grudge.
She’s also ready for life to return to normal.
She and her husband, Gene, lost their home on Buddy Jones Road near South Fulton the afternoon of Sept. 29 after a fire from some burning trash spread to a garage and eventually to their home.
City officials have indicated the property owner was not a paying member of the rural fire subscription service offered to county residents by the City of South Fulton, which resulted in the city’s fire department not responding to their home.
Mrs. Cranick, 67, told The Messenger this morning that she and her husband are currently living in a 37-foot recreational vehicle, with amenities, on their property and are uncertain about their future plans.
She said she and her husband are taking things one day at a time and are waiting for insurance funds. However, she said they did not have enough coverage and insurance won’t cover all of their loss.
A fund to assist the Cranicks has been established at Heritage Bank in Fulton.
Mrs. Cranick said she and her husband did not seek all the national media attention their situation has been getting in recent days. “It just came here,” she said, adding she has heard from people throughout the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
“I’m ready to get back to normal,” she added.
Mrs. Cranick said she holds no grudge against the City of South Fulton or the South Fulton Fire Department.
“We are pursuing this in order to get that ruling (on rural fire coverage) changed,” she said. “We’re not the first person this has ever happened to and we probably won’t be the last.
“It’s not those boys’ (the firefighters’) fault. They had to do what the boss tells them to do,” she added.
Mrs. Cranick said it was an oversight that she and her husband did not pay their $75 rural fire subscription fee this year. They have paid in the past.
“We got the letter that it was due,” she said. “We were heading out to Lake Wappapello (in Missouri) that day and we stuck the mail in the camper and then forgot all about it. It was an oversight on our part. We did not refuse to pay.”
Mrs. Cranick said she also received a follow-up phone call from the City of South Fulton indicating they had not yet paid their rural fire subscription fee back during the enrollment period. She said she reminded her husband, who is retired from Goodyear and now works part-time for a farmer, but in the middle of other activities, it was put aside and, “I thought he’d get to it tomorrow.”
“You don’t expect things like this to happen, so you always procrastinate,” she said.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.08.10

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