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.

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