It’s a busy time for fire departments, as these combinations, and sometimes just plain accidents, cause fires that take property and lives.
Adam Stocks, former mayor of Pell City, saw his home gutted by fire on Monday. At first glance it appears it was an electrical fire. No one was hurt, but the house and a lifetime of memories are gone for Stocks and his family.
In Talladega, a Christmas tree apparently caught fire late at night. The homeowner tired to extinguish the fire, but the tree fell across a sofa, which also caught fire. Before it was put out the fire damaged the living area and there was severe water and heat damage in other parts of the house.
And in Moody, a fire reported just after midnight claimed the life of an unidentified man. So far, the cause of the fire has not been determined.
We don’t write these words to assign blame, or to be critical. First, we offer our condolences to those who have lost their homes, their possessions, and in one case even a life to house fires. Then, we urge our readers to treat the possibility of fire as very real and to take all reasonable precautions to prevent that from happening.
As the Stocks family can attest, it can happen with no apparent warning and with no obvious sign that tragedy is about to strike.
This is also a good time to say thanks to the brave men and women who staff our fire departments. Some are professionals, some are volunteers. All are trained and they all respond at a moment’s notice to do their best to save people and property from the ravages of fires.
The lesson here is to be as safe as possible. And when we are, and fire still strikes, let’s say thanks to those in our communities who risk their lives to save ours.