Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department had a busy Tuesday morning.
Just after 6:30 that morning, crews were called to 4050 Mercy Court (Little Embers Daycare) for reports of a fire. Ladders 7 and 9, Engine 5, and Rescue 9 responded. Children and staff were already out of the building upon MFRD's arrival.
Crews located the fire near the HVAC unit. It appeared that some leaves caught fire around the control board on the duct work of the unit. The control board to the unit melted, but the building received no damage.
MFRD cleared light smoke from the daycare, and everyone was allowed to go back in the building.
Approximately one hour later, Engine 5 and Rescue 9 responded to a wood chipper on fire at the traffic light at Manson Pike and Fortress Boulevard. Crews quickly extinguished the fire using foam. No injuries were associated with this incident.
Traffic on Manson and Fortress at Medical Center Parkway was blocked for a while, until the equipment could be moved and the scene could be cleared. According to Captain Randy Jones, it appeared that mulch got in the brake drums and ignited the tires on the chipper.