Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Ladders 6 and 7 and Rescues 7 and 8 responded to 3422 Esquire Drive for reports of flames spotted at the back of the residence around 2:45 Wednesday afternoon.
Police/Fire Dispatch alerted crews en route that the caller advised there was some type of explosion before the flames and smoke were visible.
When crews arrived on scene, all residents were outside of the home. The fire was also out at that time.
Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas responded to the scene and conducted a routine investigation. According to Peas, the fire appears accidental. “The homeowner was burning wood in a fire pit and the fire somehow ignited rubber mulch near the residence. Once the mulch ignited, the fire spread to the deck and vinyl siding of the home,” said Peas.
“The explosion heard by the homeowner was possibly the compressor on one of the air conditioning units,” Peas continued. “When the homeowner heard the noise, he came out and began dousing the fire with his garden hose.”
No injuries were associated with this incident. The residents will not be displaced.