(MURFREESBORO) On Friday afternoon (11/15/219) two people escaped a burning apartment unharmed after a stove fire quickly spread at Rivermont Apartments on N. Thompson Lane.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the parents of the man who live in the apartments were helping him move when they noticed fire in the kitchen. They called 9-1-1 to report the fire and managed to safely get out.
Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department's Engine 7 arrived at the complex, flames and heavy smoke was billowing from the rear of the apartment. Engine 3, Engine 5, Ladder 6, Ladder 9 and Rescue 4 also responded, and firefighters began an aggressive interior attack on the fire. The home suffered major damage to the kitchen and laundry area. There were no reported injuries.
Captain Mike Adams said, "A small kitchen fire can quickly spread out of control. That's why it's a good idea to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Also make sure you have working smoke alarms."
Damage was contained to one apartment unit in the eight-unit building.
The other units were evacuated as a precaution while firefighters put out the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the MFRD Fire Marshal's Office.