Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Fire Marshals' Office is investigating an intentionally set fire at a previously burned home located at 225 Wilson Avenue.
MFRD units were called to the home around 11:30 Thursday night. When crews arrived, the house was fully involved. Firefighters were unable to enter the structure, so they surrounded the exterior and sprayed water until the fire was knocked down.
According to Shift Commander Daryl Alexander, a neighbor claimed that there might be a homeless person staying in the abandoned home. As soon as it was safe, crews searched for any signs of victims while they continued to extinguish hotspots. They did not find anyone in the structure.
MFRD's Fire Marshals' Office was called to the scene to investigate. According to Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett several witnesses were interviewed and said they saw some individuals running from the scene. "We are working to get a better description of these individuals," said Bartlett.
MFRD responded to the same address for a set fire back in November 2014. The home was determined to be a total loss. Justin Tyler Romohr was arrested and charged with one count of arson in connection with that fire. His trial date is scheduled for January 2016. "At this time, we are unable to confirm or deny that these two fires are connected," said Bartlett.
If you have any information regarding Thursday night's fire, please contact MFRD's Fire Marshals' Office at 615-849-2605 or Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867) Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Callers will remain anonymous and cash rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the arrest of persons of interest. You may also contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 for a cash reward of up to $1,500.