Jump to content



Photo

Homeowner left with $1,400 water bill after fire destroys home

ny $1400 water bill fire

  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 jnelsoninjax

jnelsoninjax

    A custom title? Cool!

  • 7,594 posts
  • Joined: 16-December 07
  • Location: Jacksonville, FL
  • OS: Windows 7 Pro X64
  • Phone: Samsung Galaxy Exhibit SGH-T599N

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:23

EAGLE MILLS, N.Y. - An Eagle Mills couple that lost their home to a fire earlier this week, now has to pay $1,400 for the water used to combat the flames.

The massive fire started around 1 p.m. on Monday, November 26, at 375 Garfield Road and took dozens of volunteer fire fighters nearly nine hours to put out.

Fire investigators say the first unit arrived within one minute of receiving the call, but despite the quick response, the home was fully engulfed and there was not much they could do.

On Monday, homeowner Mike Pretio told NEWS10 he was grateful for the volunteer fire fighters who responded. He said he tried to put out the flames himself but just didn't have enough water, and called for help.

The reason he has to foot the $1,400 bill: "It was an out-of-district water use," Poestenkill Supervisor Dominic Jocangelo tells NEWS10. He explains the town of Poestenkill established a water district restriction two years ago, and under the new rules residents outside the town have to pay for water use. Jocangelo says it is the first time they've charged.

He says he sent the bill to the homeowner and has not heard back, and that he's flexible about the amount, but that it's unfair to have taxpayers in Poestenkill foot the bill.

Thomas Martin, Fire Chief of Eagle Mills, calls the bill outrageous, saying it was easier for his crew to use Poestenkill's water, given the location of the house. He's never heard of any municipality charging and he thinks it's wrong.

Martin says in the town of Brunswick, where they are located, water is always free to use, no matter where they have take it. Martin says this is the first time he's ever heard of a bill such as this happening.

Martin is concerned this could become an ongoing issue. "I really hope the town board in Poestenkill can review this situation and take it into consideration to change their practice," he said.

Eagle Mills will be hosting a pancake breakfast on December 2nd at 8 a.m. to raise money, all of which will go to the water bill.
Source


#2 Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 62,724 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:32

I'd sue -- for the failure of the water to save the house. :p

#3 Rohdekill

Rohdekill

    Neowinian Senior

  • 3,558 posts
  • Joined: 06-July 05
  • Location: Earth

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:36

If it was fully engulfed when the first unit arrived, there's little point in trying to put it out. All personal belongings are either burned, melted or severely smoke damaged. Structurally, dang near every plank would need to be replaced or sprayed. Probably would be cheaper to rebuild from scratch.

#4 Pupik

Pupik

    Neowinian Senior

  • 6,167 posts
  • Joined: 09-December 05

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:39

I'd sue -- for the failure of the water to save the house. :p

Sue who? The water for not being wet enough?

#5 Detection

Detection

    Detecting stuff...

  • 8,369 posts
  • Joined: 30-October 10
  • Location: UK
  • OS: 7 SP1 x64

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:41

If I was him I'd be looking at why the fire started and trying to claim the water money / house damages from them

#6 XerXis

XerXis

    Neowinian Senior

  • 5,069 posts
  • Joined: 13-February 06
  • Location: Belgium

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:45

and he wasn't insured?

#7 theyarecomingforyou

theyarecomingforyou

    Tiger Trainer

  • 16,351 posts
  • Joined: 07-August 03
  • Location: Terra Prime Profession: Jaded Sceptic
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Galaxy Note 3 with Galaxy Gear

Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:47

Charging homeowners for the water used to put out fires? Only in the Capitalist States Of America™.

#8 FloatingFatMan

FloatingFatMan

    Resident Fat Dude

  • 15,810 posts
  • Joined: 23-August 04
  • Location: UK

Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:01

Charging homeowners for the water used to put out fires? Only in the Capitalist States Of America™.


Just wait till he gets the bill for the fire fighters time, wear and tear on the fire engine, gas money to go to his address...

#9 Enron

Enron

    Windows for Workgroups

  • 9,462 posts
  • Joined: 30-May 11
  • OS: Windows 8.1 U1
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 900

Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:02

Charging homeowners for the water used to put out fires? Only in the Capitalist States Of America™.


Depends on whose fault it was for there being a fire in the first place.

#10 theyarecomingforyou

theyarecomingforyou

    Tiger Trainer

  • 16,351 posts
  • Joined: 07-August 03
  • Location: Terra Prime Profession: Jaded Sceptic
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Galaxy Note 3 with Galaxy Gear

Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:26

Depends on whose fault it was for there being a fire in the first place.


No, it doesn't. If there was any foul play then that is a criminal matter, not a financial one.

#11 +Phouchg

Phouchg

    Resident Misanthrope

  • 5,689 posts
  • Joined: 28-March 11
  • Location: Neowin Detainment Camp

Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:49

Well, at least firefighters actually put every effort to put the fire out, so as to not endanger whatever surroudings are there (wind can bring burning cinders very far) as opposed to actually showing up from miles away, but might as well with chow and barbecue sauce bottles, ready to have an open-air picnic...

http://www.neowin.ne...rs-watch-again/

#12 *RedBull*

*RedBull*

    skippy de do da

  • 4,640 posts
  • Joined: 30-March 06
  • Location: Everywhere and No where
  • OS: Windows 8 professional
  • Phone: Android

Posted 02 December 2012 - 00:29

Damn Americans thinking water is free and falls from the sky....:rolleyes:

#13 Hum

Hum

    totally wAcKed

  • 62,724 posts
  • Joined: 05-October 03
  • Location: Odder Space
  • OS: Windows XP, 7

Posted 02 December 2012 - 00:36

^ Wait till they tax sunlight.

#14 azspeedbullet

azspeedbullet

    Neowinian

  • 256 posts
  • Joined: 01-March 12

Posted 02 December 2012 - 00:47

Damn Americans thinking water is free and falls from the sky.... :rolleyes:

then what do you call rain?

#15 Skin

Skin

    Neowinian

  • 1,131 posts
  • Joined: 11-April 07

Posted 02 December 2012 - 00:50

then what do you call rain?


Posted Image