We have more news on a recent fire at an apartment complex behind Kohl's Department Store in Murfreesboro.
The fire in building "K" at Carrington Park Apartments displaced several people. However, apartment staff helped to relocate the residents.
As for where the fire started on Sunday (4/23/17), the blaze appeared to have broken out on the balcony of a third-floor apartment. The fire then spread through the attic and roof leading to other apartment units in the K building.
What has sparked the curiosity of the police is that a rifle was found outside the same building the night before the blaze. The gun was in the bushes next to the building. It is not known who that rifle may have belonged to at this point, but a handgun found inside one of the units did belong to a resident. The handgun, that was picked up by the fire department during the blaze, was returned to its rightful owner.
Again, the rightful owner of a rifle found outside the apartment building the night before the fire has not been located.
Meanwhile, the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Murfreesboro Fire Department.
Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department's Districts 1, 9, and 7 and Engines 4 and 10 (total of 8 units) responded to a fire call at the Carrington Park Apartments located at 2778 Rideout Lane around 4:45 Sunday evening (4/23/17).
Crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames showing on the third floor of Building K coming from the front, right corner of the structure.
The fire spread quickly to the attic and burned through the roof before crews were able to extinguish it. Battalion Chief Daryl Alexander said the bulk of the fire was out around 6:00 pm; however, crews are still on scene at this time extinguishing hotspots and are planning on a long night. "We will be here for quite a while," said Alexander. "We want to make sure there are absolutely no more hot spots before we clear the scene."
According to Fire Marshal Carl Peas, the fire appears to have started on the balcony of a unit on the third floor. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time and is currently under investigation. MFRD's Fire Marshal's Office will likely return to the scene Monday morning to continue the investigation.
Due to the quick spread of the fire, all 12 units in building K were affected either due to fire, water, or smoke damage. The number of displaced residents is unknown, but one of the owners of the apartment complex, Ashley Herndon, told officials that all are being assisted with shelter. The complex is also in the process of getting special security for the affected building.
No injuries were associated with the incident.