Fire at Murfreesboro Apartment Complex Deemed Suspicious

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 20:08:58-04

Investigators have named a fire at a Murfreesboro apartment complex over the weekend as suspicious.

Witnesses said it looked as if it was intentionally set.

The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department said the it was around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Campus Crossings apartments on North Rutherford when they were called and saw an apartment breezeway wall on fire.

Luckily, crews responded quickly enough that the damage was only cosmetic, limited to about 20 feet up the wall.

Responding police officers say they spoke to several witnesses who said they saw a skinny man inside the breezeway, and heard some kind of liquid hit the wall, just moments before the fire started.

Murfreesboro police said Campus Crossings apartments is one of the complexes marketing mainly to college students that police have had to respond to the most. Police said they’ve had 131 calls for service in just the first four months of the year – the sixth highest apartment complex figure in the city.

Murfreesboro's mayor has announced a plan saying these complexes with higher than average police calls need to do more to prevent crime before it starts.

Investigators said if you have any information about the fire, call the Murfreesboro Fire and rescue Department's Fire Marshall's office.

NewsChannel 5 asked the apartment manager at Campus Crossings for a comment Monday, but they did not return our calls.