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Posted: 2/1/2011 6:47:11 AM EDT
http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/956272-Tenn-man-who-doesnt-dial-911-loses-home-to-inferno/

Tenn. man who doesn't dial 911 loses home to inferno
Police were called to restrain the man, who had to be disarmed and handcuffed before he would stop shooting at the fire

By Kevin Saylor
News Sentinel

NORTH KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Stephen Forthman shoots first and asks questions later. He wears a shirt proudly displaying the words "I don't dial 911" next to a picture of a hand gripping a sixshooter. When it comes time to contact local emergency services for assistance, he'd rather just shoot at the problem until it goes away — even when the problem is his own home being on fire.

No injuries were reported in a large structural house fire in North Knoxville at Forthman's residence on Whittle Springs Road yesterday.

Knoxville firefighters were alerted by neighbors at 2:15 p.m. of smoke at the residence, according to Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt.

John Nickleton. The Knoxville Fire Department responded to an initial report of heavy smoke coming from the garage, and of a large bearded man in the front yard screaming and shooting into the house.

"At first I didn't even notice the fire," said neighbor Tricia Perkinson. "I heard gunshots coming from across the street. When I looked outside, I saw Steve in his front yard waving a gun at the house. He was yelling obscenities and just shooting. He was saying, 'You better get out of here you bleeping bleep.' I thought he had lost his mind. Then I saw the smoke."

"When we arrived at the scene, the house was completely engulfed in flames," said firefighter Daniel Cummings. "Outside, the homeowner was shouting and firing a semiautomatic pistol into the fire."

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the Forthman residence, but the massive fire gutted the two-story home. Police were called to restrain Forthman, who had to be disarmed and handcuffed before he would stop shooting at the blaze.

Fire investigators are expected to return to the scene today to determine the fire's cause.

This isn't the first time Forthman has refused to dial 911. In 2004, Forthman tried to shoot himself in the torso after having chest pains. His brother-in-law wrestled a rifle away from Forthman and called an ambulance.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:48:11 AM EDT
Username?

Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:48:23 AM EDT
He has the crazy.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:48:32 AM EDT
CAN'T.... STOP.... LAUGHING
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:50:17 AM EDT
hahaha thats funny as hell. Pain in chest SHOOT IT!! house is on fire SHOOT IT! dude needs a padded cell.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:50:28 AM EDT
Sounds like a stable individual.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:51:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ontheback:
He has the crazy.


Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:51:11 AM EDT
Tag for update on crispy critter bugular/arsonist
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:53:37 AM EDT
There are inappropriate uses of the 72 hour mental health evaluation.

This is an appropriate use of the 72 hour mental health evaluation.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:54:24 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 6:56:03 AM EDT
too funny
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:00:39 AM EDT
if all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail...
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:02:04 AM EDT
His meth lab must have exploded
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:02:42 AM EDT
ya.......lost it. Batshit Crazies.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:05:58 AM EDT
What caliber for fire?

One time I saw a guy trying to beat out a VW beetle engine fire with a shovel. He was supplied with a fire extinguisher and he said "this is embarrassing! I'm a goddam fireman!".


Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:09:57 AM EDT
In.

I bet I know what Stephen Forthman looks like and I've never met him.


This article is full of awesome, aids, and neckbeard.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:10:43 AM EDT
Sometimes you just gotta fight fire with fire...
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:11:36 AM EDT
You fight fire with FIRE
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:13:35 AM EDT
I can't believe that he didn't get involuntarily committed after he tried to shoot his chest pains away.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:18:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FreeFloater:
Sometimes you just gotta fight fire with fire...


I remember firing linked 7.62 to put out small range fires back in the day in Pendleton...

With that said, homey needs a trip to the giggle-ward.
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:20:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AR15thur:

In 2004, Forthman tried to shoot himself in the torso after having chest pains.

HOW THE FUCK DOES HE STILL HAVE A GUN!?
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:21:42 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:21:46 AM EDT
"After I got turned loose from the nervous hospital I started collectin' guns. mmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmm"


Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:23:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2011 7:24:14 AM EDT by cyrus-the-virus]
There is not possible way this can be real... please tell me this is fake.

If not, he's gone batshit loony toons. I also laughed my ass off at the entire thing.

ETA: I wonder what he would do if his car ever broke down
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:26:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
if all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail...

+1
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:27:04 AM EDT
Errrr.......I got nothing
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:28:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Ridge_Runner_5:

Originally Posted By AR15thur:

In 2004, Forthman tried to shoot himself in the torso after having chest pains.

HOW THE FUCK DOES HE STILL HAVE A GUN!?


It's satire
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:28:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Originally Posted By ontheback:
He has the crazy.





Shared this with a coworker who quipped "This certainly doesn't reinforce stereotypes about Tennesseans"
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:32:29 AM EDT
So apparently he is in the "Fire is Alive" camp................









Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:49:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 7:58:38 AM EDT
He was fanning the flames with his 6 gun
Link Posted: 2/1/2011 3:11:50 PM EDT
I blame Palin
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