Don't wanna sound like an ass, but look at it from the point of view of the firemen. They risk their lives day and night to help people out and the least they could ask for is funding for proper equipment.
No equipment = no firefighting
Think about what the home owner was thinking BEFORE the fire. "**** this I don't gotta pay shit, if something happens these bitches HAVE to help me." He was just being pure selfish.
Even his last comment on the article shows you his mentality. "I thought they'd come out and put it out, even if you hadn't paid your $75, but I was wrong."
He got what he deserved. KARMA