MFRD Rescues Residents from Laundry Room Fire

MFRD firefighters rescued residents from a laundry room fire in Westbrook Towers.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (June 21, 2024) – Firefighters from the Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) heroically assisted residents of the Westbrook Towers after a fire broke out in the building’s laundry room on Friday morning. The fire, which was reported at the seven-story building on N. Walnut Street at 10:27 a.m., sent smoke billowing through the premises.

MFRD firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, confining it to the laundry room. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Fire crews meticulously went floor to floor, helping about a third of the residents, including those using wheelchairs and walkers, to evacuate safely. Many residents had already exited the building upon hearing the fire alarm, while others sheltered safely in stairways devoid of smoke.

To provide relief from the heat, the St. Clair Senior Center opened its doors to the affected residents of Westbrook Towers. Once the building was cleared of smoke, residents and workers were permitted to return.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by MFRD Fire Marshal’s Office investigators. Fire crews from Ladder 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, Rescue 1, 4, 11, Engine 3, 7, 9, Safety 1 and 2, Battalion Chiefs 1 and 2, along with other administrative staff, responded to the fire call.

For further details, a video of the scene is available for download: video_Westbrook Towers Laundry Room Fire.mp4.

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