MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Firefighters spent more than an hour Tuesday battling a fire that broke out at house in the 800 block of South Baird Lane.
Two residents who were inside the residence, located at 810 South Baird Lane, when the fire started at about 11 a.m. were not seriously injured.
"When crews arrived on the scene, flames were shooting from the front, left side of the home," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department. "The two residents inside were able to make it out before crews arrived."
Multiple firefighting crews immediately began an attack on the fire on the exterior front of the house, so that they could make entry, she said.
"A heavy fire load made the fire difficult to extinguish," McDonald said, adding firefighters were still monitoring and extinguishing hot spots up to an hour after the blaze began.
Wade Williams, the acting shift commander on the scene, said crews initially struggled with gaining access to the fire.
“We made entry into the attic, but a lot of the fire was buried under debris, making it hard to put out,” Williams said. “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, saying “It definitely makes it difficult for the firefighters."
"We had air bottles freezing, gloves were having to be thawed out -- it was rough,” he said.
The American Red Cross sent volunteers to serve hot beverages and snacks to responders.
Volunteers with the Red Cross are also assisting the two displaced residents.
"The home received significant fire, water and smoke damage," McDonald said.
It is unknown at this time what caused the fire.
McDonald said the Murfreesboro fire marshal is conducting a routine investigation, and more information will be released once it is completed.
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