Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Ladders 1 and 9, Engine 1, and Rescue 9 responded to a small fire outside of Farmer's Family Restaurant located at 1958 Old Fort Parkway just before 6:00 Saturday night.
Units arrived on scene to find a small fire outside of the business. The fire was quickly extinguished according to Captain Joe Barrett.
"The fire appeared to be caused by a discarded cigarette," said Barrett. "It got into the wall and burned a portion of the styrofoam behind the stucco on the exterior of the building."
The fire only caused minor damage to the outside of the building and no one was injured.
The restaurant remains open for business.
MFRD would like to remind the community to use caution when discarding cigarettes. Cigarettes should be discarded in a deep, sturdy ashtray and placed away from anything that can burn. Smokers are urged not to throw cigarettes into vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, dried grasses or leaves.
"Most importantly, before cigarette butts and ashes are thrown away, the smoker should make sure the fire is out by dousing it in water or sand," said Barrett.