Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engine 1, Ladder 6 (running as Engine 15), Engine 3, and Rescues 2 and 8 responded to a fire at a triplex located at 112 South Bilbro Avenue just before 2:30 Thursday afternoon.
When crews arrived on scene there was visible smoke coming from the back of the structure. All occupants were out at the time of MFRD’s arrival.
MFRD crews located the fire on the back side of Unit 1. According to Shift Commander Dale Maynard, the fire appears to have started outside (possibly as the result of a grass fire) and moved its way underneath the aluminum siding of the unit, eventually reaching the attic area. “Crews had to cut a hole in the roof for attic access, but were able to put a quick stop on the fire,” said Maynard.
The triplex has a total of three units. Crews were able to contain damage to the affected unit only. The four residents in Unit 1 will be displaced and the American Red Cross has been called to assist.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. MFRD’s Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene conducting a routine investigation.