A blustery blast with temps in the 20's, icing and snow flurries--those were the conditions just before 8:00 o'clock Friday night (1/12/2018) when Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue rushed to a house fire at 2930 Cherry Blossom Lane.
All residents were safely out of the home as District 7 and Ladder 6 arrived on the scene and discovered heavy fire in the chimney of the two-story home.
According to Acting Battalion Chief Terry Smith, Ladder 7 and Rescue 7's crews quickly made entry to the structure and were able to get the fire in the chimney knocked down. Ladder 8 and Engine 4 were called to the scene to provide manpower.
Firefighters then found that the fire had made its way into the attic and flames were coming through the roof. Smith said the fire place, chimney, and chase all received extensive damage, as well as a large portion of the second floor due to trying to gain access to the fire in the attic.
Crews stayed at the scene into the evening to help the family salvage and protect items that were salvagable on the first floor.
It is unknown at this time what caused the fire, but it appears to have started in the chimney before spreading to other structural components. Smith said the Fire Marshal's Office will be called to conduct an investigation.
A total of five residents (two adults and three children) were displaced, but did not require assistance from the American Red Cross.
When asked about the obstacles firefighters faced in the cold temperatures, Smith said the scene was definitely slippery due to the ice, but it did not slow operations.
Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department reminds residents who have fire places that chimneys should be cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.