Home burns then fire department charges residents nearly $20,000

November 07, 2013 / Written By My Fox Phoenix

Surprise home burns; Rural Metro bills owner almost $20k

A man's house burned to the ground, but that wasn't his only shock -- because two weeks later, he received a bill for almost $20,000 from the private fire department that tried to fight it.
 
One state lawmaker says fire coverage in rural areas of Arizona is a mess and he says there needs to be oversight.
 
"Everything was completely gone," said Justin Purcell.
 
Neighbors took video of Purcell's home burning near 163rd Avenue and Dixileta in Surprise.

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