Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office took out a petition Wednesday morning charging a juvenile with setting fire to personal property or land in connection with Tuesday afternoon’s hay bale fires on a farm near the VA golf course.
The juvenile has turned himself in and a detention hearing has not been set.
On Tuesday, approximately 75-100 bales of hay on a farm located across from the VA golf course on Lebanon Pike were on fire. MFRD crews battled the blaze for hours. The owner of the farm used a tractor to move and separate the bales, as crews extinguished hotspots.
The fire’s point of origin was in the city limits; however, the fire scene extended into the county. MFRD was dispatched to the farm again Wednesday morning and arrived on scene at the same time as the Walter Hill Fire Department. The bales were still smoldering and putting off a large amount of smoke.
The Walter Hill Fire Department took command of the incident. According to Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Farley, a brush truck equipped with foam was used to subdue the smoke.
“The intent is to use the foam to try to smother any remaining fire and smoke to keep it from bothering the residents in the area,” said Farley.