Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue's Districts 1, 2, 3, and 9 responded to a fire call at 220 Indian Park Drive (Hawthorne South Apartments) around 5:45 Tuesday evening. The initial call was for fire on the balcony area.
Upon arrival, units discovered heavy smoke and flames shooting through the roof of apartment 2106. No one was in the unit. Crews immediately cleared the building of all residents.
Crews got the fire knocked down as quickly as possible and remained on scene conducting salvage and overhaul.
Shift Commander Tim Swann believes that at least three units received heavy fire, smoke, and/or water damage.
At least eight units were affected by fire or water.
No injuries were associated with this incident. However, at least one pet, a black Labrador Retriever, perished in the fire.
A total of 14 children and 15 adults will be displaced. They are being offered assistance from the American Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. MFRD's Fire Marshal's Office is on scene to conduct a routine investigation and will likely return to the scene tomorrow.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
According to Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett, the fire was accidental and started on the balcony near the vinyl siding wall. A total of eight units received some type of damage. At least two were destroyed. There were no injuries associated with the incident. However, one pet, a Black Labrador Retriever perished in the fire.
Those displaced are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.