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Officials Ask for Public’s Assistance with Playground Fire Investigation

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department officials are asking for the public’s assistance with information regarding a playground fire that occurred late Monday afternoon at the Parkside Housing Complex located at 524 Vaughn Street.

“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.

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.

The playground, located in an alcove between two apartment buildings, was a complete loss.

If you have any information regarding the fire, please contact MFRD’s Fire Marshals’ Office at 615-849-2605 or Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867) Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. 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.

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