The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Fire Marshals’ Office is seeking the public’s assistance with any information about a fire that occurred at 533 Reid Avenue on Sunday night.
“During the investigation process, it was determined that the fire was intentionally set,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas.
No further details about the fire are being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
If you have any information regarding the fire, please contact MFRD’s Fire Marshals’ Office at 615-849-2605 or Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867) Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Callers will remain anonymous and cash rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the arrest of persons of interest. You may also contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 for a cash reward of up to $1,500.
Original Release (September 20, 2015)
MFRD Responds to Fire at 533 Reid Avenue
Murfreesboro, TN--Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Ladder 1, Engines 1 and 3, and Rescues 2 and 8 responded to a duplex fire at 533 Reid Avenue around 9:30 Sunday night.
Crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames exiting the back side of the structure. According to Acting Shift Commander Tony Lehew, the fire was knocked down quickly. "Once on scene, crews got the fire knocked down within a few minutes," he said.
It is unknown if anyone was inside the home at the time the fire started. When conditions were safe to make entry, Engine 3's crew went in with a thermal imaging camera to conduct search and rescue efforts. Crews are still searching the home at this time, but so far they have not found anything.
The fire appears to have started in a back bedroom. However, MFRD's Fire Marshals' Office will be called to the scene to investigate.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
Update (September 20, 2015)
According to Captain/Shift Training Officer Mike Keith, who is on scene, no victims were found in the structure at 533 Reid Avenue during search and rescue efforts.
Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas is en route to conduct a routine investigation.
There are no further details to be released at this time.