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Posted on: June 9, 2015

[ARCHIVED] MFRD Fire Marshals' Office Investigates Suspicious Fires at 521 Old Salem Road

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Ladder 1 and Engine 1 responded to a fire located at 521 Old Salem Road (Experience Community Church and Mayday Brewery) around 11:45 Monday night.

The call initially came in as a fire alarm, but while en route, crews learned the burglar alarm was also going off.

Once on scene, crews discovered that the front doors were not secure and the sprinkler system had been activated in the front corridor which is shared by both the church and the business. Two small fires had been set in what appeared to be donation bins in that common corridor. A gas can was also found in that area.

Officials say an abandoned pickup truck was in the parking lot. The vehicle's doors were unlocked and there were two visible slash marks on the back tires.

According to Acting Shift Commander Blake Insell, the sprinkler system was able to contain the fire damage in the building to a minimum. However, the church did receive some water and smoke damage. Mayday Brewery appears to have received no fire and very minimal water damage.

MFRD's Fire Marshals' Office is on scene at this time to conduct an investigation.

More details will be released as they become available.

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