Well, they did at least show up and stand by as the house burned to the ground; I expect they were bound to make sure it didn't spread and that nobody actually died in the fire.
As the article mentions, the point is that there is no incentive to pay the fees until your house is on fire, if they come and put it out when you call. It sucks but it's tough love, they can't afford to be on-call around the clock for 75 bucks a pop. You want protection, you have to pay, whether it's your house that's on fire or not.
Well, Who's gonna pick up the tab for the clean-up and removal of the toxic/carcinogenic burned out shell of the house???
In my town back home there are burned out properties 8 years on after a wildfire hit the area and the county still can't afford the clean-up.
Scoarched earth policy, turn the community into a disaster area for an unpaid $75 fee...
Does wonders for property values and projects a great image of the area....
Brilliant, I bet the neighbors love it!