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Bathroom heater sparks Palmer Drive fire

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- An apartment fire that displaced a family Wednesday night was likely caused by an electrical problem, according to city officials.

"According to Shift Commander Dale Maynard, the fire appears to have started when a combination light and heater (fixture) in the bathroom shorted," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department. 

"The fire was extinguished quickly and damage was contained to the bathroom area of the apartment," she said in a press release. "The residents will be displaced, but will be staying with family members."

Firefighters were called to 1110 Palmer Drive just after 8 p.m. in reference to an apartment fire.

When they arrived at the scene and entered the apartment, firefighting crews discovered a smoldering fire in a bathroom, she said.

Maynard said the "flames smoldered in the insulation and wood, where the heater was installed," which resulted in firefighters having to remove part of the ceiling to extinguish the fire and check for extensions.

Officials with the Murfreesboro Fire Marshal's Office were back on the scene Thursday morning to conduct a routine investigation into the fire, at one which point they determined its cause.


-- Marie Kemph, mkemph@murfreesboropost.com

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