Smyrna Fire Department (SFD) personnel were dispatched to a quadruplex residential structure in the 400 block of McClary Road at approximately 9:20 p.m., October 22, 2020.
Upon arrival, C-Shift SFD personnel noted that two units were engulfed in flames. SFD personnel attacked and extinguished the fire. Preliminary investigation indicates that the fire originated in the dryer of a first floor unit, moved through the vent, and impacted the second floor unit.
“Personnel did an excellent job of containing the fire,” shared SFD Chief Bill Culbertson. “We are grateful the occupants of both units safely escaped their homes.
Smyrna Fire Department would like to encourage citizens to never leave a dryer running when they leave their home or are sleeping. “The occupants of this household were home while operating the dryer, noticed the fire, and called 911,” noted Chief Culbertson. “A dryer is an everyday household appliance, but it can pose a fire risk and we encourage our residents to never operate it unattended. “
Two units of the quadruplex are vacant. Nine individuals were displaced with damage to the two occupied units. The Heart of Tennessee Chapter of American Red Cross is assisting the residents.
Fire cause and origin are still under investigation.