Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engine 5 and District 9 responded to a house fire at 5030 St. Ives Drive around 2:30 Friday morning.
Upon arrival, the home’s residents were out of the structure and crews entered to discover fire in the two-story home’s chimney chase. The fire was spreading quickly to the roof and attic area of the home.
Firefighters had to expose the fire behind the wall to extinguish it. According to Acting Shift Commander Keith Bratcher, crews also had to gain access to fire in the attic by removing part of the ceiling.
“They did a great job of stopping the fire,” said Bratcher. “It took a lot of work to tear down the wall and locate the fire, but they worked fast.”
Bratcher said that the home’s damage was mostly contained to the living room and an upstairs bedroom. However, the smoke and fire damage will displace those residents.
The residents did not require assistance from the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, though Bratcher said it appeared to have started in the fireplace. MFRD’s Fire Marshal’s Office will be on the scene later this morning to investigate.