Murfreesboro Firefighters Safely Evacuate Residents at Westbrook Towers Fire

Jun 21, 2024 at 02:47 pm by WGNS News

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) firefighters went floor to floor assisting residents out of Westbrook Towers after a laundry room fire sent smoke billowing through the building Friday morning.

The fire was reported at the seven-story building on N. Walnut Street at 10:27 a.m. On the scene, firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was contained to the laundry room. There were no injuries.


Fire crews went throughout the building several times, assisting about a third of the residents, some using wheelchairs and walkers, with getting out safely. Many others left the building when the fire alarm sounded, while some residents sheltered in place in stairways where there was no smoke.

St. Clair Senior Center opened its doors for Westbrook residents, so they didn’t have to stand outside in the heat. After the building was clear of smoke, residents and workers were able to return.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by MFRD Fire Marshal’s Office investigators.

Fire crews with Ladder 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, Rescue 1, 4, 11, Engine 3, 7, 9, Safety 1 and 2, Battalion Chiefs 1 and 2, and other administrative staff assisted with the fire call.

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