Murfreesboro House Fire Displaces 3

Posted at 8:00 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-19 19:42:44-04

Three people have been displaced following a house fire in Murfreesboro.

The fire happened at a home in the 400 block of Tessa Drive before 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Reports stated the fire began in a screened-in back porch on the house. From there, the flames spread to the attic, and the home was 80 percent engulfed in flames when crews arrived at the scene.

Firefighters had the fire knocked down within 15 minutes.

Authorities said only one of the three who lived there was home at the time. She was able to get out after seeing heavy black smoke near the patio.

The family dog also made it out of the home without injuries; however, friends of the family said their cat passed away in the fire.

"Thankfully everyone is okay, just suffering from the loss and heartache of their cozy home," a family friend said. "They are some of the sweetest people in the world, and have been a God sent gift to myself and my family, along with so many others. They lost everything except for the clothes on their back and the shoes on their feet. They even lost their family cat that they've had for years, Zoe which is devastating within itself. Their dog Riley made it out perfectly okay but is still a little shaken up from all of the craziness."

The family was able to salvage a couple of important items, including a box of a family member's ashes.

The Red Cross has been requested to help the family.

The home has been declared a loss. Five homes around the scene also had damage to the vinyl siding.

The cause of the fire remained unknown. The Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate.

A gofundme account has been set up to help the family. To donate, click here.