So tell me, what is your opinion?
I am siding with the fire department here. The family was well aware of their circumstance before this fire happened. It is a community based pay-source for the service... if you don't pay, don't expect the service when it comes time.
I also completely agree with South Fulton's mayor that they can't let people pay on the spot, otherwise no one would pay, unless their house was on fire.
That being said doesn't mean I don't feel bad for the family, for the loss and the way it happened. I do. It stinks and there is nothing good about it... but maybe it will be a lesson to them and others that don't want to pay for the service.