Firefighter injured battling Greenland Drive blaze

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Flames engulf a house at 724 Greenland Drive during a Jan. 8, 2013, fire in Murfreesboro, Tenn. A firefighter was injured while battling the blaze. (Photo submitted)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A firefighter was injured Wednesday while battling a house fire in the 700 block of Greenland Drive.

The firefighter was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to fully recover.

Multiple firefighting crews responded at about 5:45 p.m. to 724 Greenland Drive, located near the intersection of Givens Court, following reports of a large fire raging at the house, according to officials with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department.

"When crews arrived on scene, the house was fully involved," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department. "Flames were shooting through the roof at the back of the house, through the eaves at each end of the structure, and through windows on the back, right side of the home."

Because of the heavy load and other hindrances, she said crews had difficulty accessing the fire and maneuvering the hose lines to get water to it.

"Crews had to evacuate the structure twice due to unsafe conditions," McDonald said in a press release.

They were eventually able to “black the fire out” and re-enter the structure, she said.

Crews spent much of the night monitoring the scene and extinguishing hot spots after gaining control of the fire.

Shift Commander Dale Maynard, who works for the Fire Department, said the home is most likely a total loss.

“Fortunately, no one was home at the time of the fire and the house appears to be vacant,” Maynard said. “There were no cars in the driveway when we arrived."

When the first crew entered the home, he said they found no furniture inside either. In addition, the mailbox was also jam-packed with mail.

“These are all indicative that there is no one living here,” he said.

McDonald said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, and officials with the Fire Marshal's Office is are investigating the incident.

More information about the case will be released once the investigation is completed, she said.

-- Marie Kemph,

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