Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department crews were back on the scene this morning at 1619 Georgetown Lane after an early morning fire rekindled.
Just before 12:30 Thursday morning, Engines 1 and 4, Ladders 1 and 7, and Rescues 7, 8, and 9 responded to the two-story home. When they arrived, they discovered heavy smoke and flames at the back of the home. The homeowner and his pet were able to escape unharmed.
According to Shift Commander Daryl Alexander, the layout of the home made it difficult to fight the fire. “It got up into the attic,” said Alexander, “but crews did a fantastic job and the bottom story of the home was salvageable.”
Crews left the scene around 5:00 am. “We were putting water on steam for two hours and were confident that there was no smoke showing when we left.”
They were called back to the scene just 30 minutes later due to a rekindle. Officials say that it is possible the unique construction of the home is responsible for the rekindle factors. “There are several void spaces around the exterior walls that we typically do not see in home construction,” said Alexander. “This may have hindered our ability to detect the fire in these spaces with use of our thermal imaging cameras.”
Crews are still on scene at this time. The home is now likely a total loss.
It is unclear what started the fire. However, Fire Marshal Carl Peas says it is likely the fire originated in the sunroom area at the back of the home. “There was an enclosed sunroom with a deck all the way around it that led to the pool,” said Peas. “We won’t know until we get inside, but right now nothing leads us to believe that the fire is suspicious.”
No injuries, either Firefighter or civilian, are associated with this incident.
More information will be released as it becomes available.