Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Districts 1, 3, and 8 and Rescue 2 responded to a house fire at 810 South Baird Lane just after 11:00 Tuesday morning.
When crews arrived on scene, flames were shooting from the front, left side of the home.
The two residents inside were able to make it out before MFRD crews arrived.
Crews immediately began an attack on the fire. The fire had to be controlled on the exterior of the structure before crews could make entry. A heavy fire load made the fire difficult to extinguish. Crews were still monitoring and extinguishing hot spots up to an hour after the blaze began.
“The fire was hard to access. We made entry into the attic, but a lot of the fire was buried under debris, making it hard to put out,” said Acting Shift Commander Wade Williams. “We are going to have crews checking on the structure throughout the night to make sure that it does not rekindle.”
Williams also discussed fighting the fire in such cold temperatures, “It definitely makes it difficult for the firefighters. We had air bottles freezing, gloves were having to be thawed out; it was rough.”
The American Red Cross sent volunteers to serve hot beverages and snacks to responders. The Red Cross will also assist the two displaced residents.
The home received significant fire, water, and smoke damage. It is unknown at this time what caused the fire; however, MFRD’s Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting a routine investigation.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
Photo taken by MPD Officer Terry Spence