Murfreesboro, Tenn. — The Fire Marshal's Office has launched investigations into two fires that broke out Saturday, according to city officials.
Crews with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department were first called to 5009 Saint Ives Drive near the clubhouse in the Berkshire subdivision 5:20 a.m.
"Engine 5 arrived on the scene to find the 'turtle tile,' or plastic lining, around the basketball court on fire," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for the Fire Department. "Crews extinguished the fire, but about half of the lining was damaged."
Assistant Fire Marshal Tracy Summar, who was called to the scene, said the fire is believed to have been intentionally set and the matter is now under investigation.
Firefighters responded to a second just before 1:30 p.m. at 3419 Almar Knot Drive, McDonald said.
"When Ladder 9, Engine 5, and Rescue 7 arrived on scene, there was light smoke showing from the second story of the home," she said. "Crews entered the home to find a small fire in one of the upstairs bedrooms. They were able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher."
Though the bedroom suffered moderate heat and flame damage, the fire was contained to that one room, due in large part to the bedroom door being closed.
“Having the bedroom door shut most likely saved this home,” Summar said. “It certainly kept the fire from getting out of hand before crews arrived on scene.”
Following the initial investigation of the Almar Knot Drive fire, officials said it appears to be an accidental fire. However, the investigation is still ongoing at this time, McDonald said.
She said additional information about the outcome of the investigations would be released at a later date.
There were no injuries associated with either incident.