Murfreesboro housing complex playground destroyed in fire; considered arson

Investigators offer reward in case
Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 16:19:54-05

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Firefighters worked to put out a fire at a playground of a Murfreesboro housing complex.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department crews responded to the fire on the 500 block of Vaughn Street just before 4:30 Monday. The playground was located in Parkside Housing Complex and was fully involved when firefighters got to the scene.

The next day, officials announced that the fire was under investigation and offered a reward in the case.

Bartlett says the fire is under investigation and footage from on-site cameras will be reviewed in the days ahead, but there are currently no leads.

“We definitely have reason to believe this fire was intentionally set,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Bartlett. “One of the indicators was the speed at which the fire progressed,” he added.

According to Battalion Chief Jamie Bigelow, the materials on fire were mostly plastic playground equipment and rubber mulch.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and contain it to the playground area, which was destroyed. No structures were damaged in the housing complex.

Anyone with information about the fire was asked to call the Murfreesboro Fire Department's Fire Marshals’ Office at 615-849-2605 or Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867).

Callers will remain anonymous and cash rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the arrest of persons of interest. You may also contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017 for a cash reward of up to $5,000.