MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) reminded residents to adhere to the county and city-wide burn bans after a man sustained minor injuries following an evening of grilling.
Multiple crews said they responded to a report of a fire at a residence on Lafave Lane just before 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.
According to MFRD, the man at the home told crews he had been grilling on Friday, Nov. 10 and last checked the grill around 10 p.m.
Sometime overnight, the man reported he and his family woke up to the smell of smoke. Officials said the man sustained minor burns to his hands and foot while trying to put out the fire on his back porch with a fire extinguisher.
The man was evaluated on scene by Rutherford County EMS personnel, but he did not have to go to the hospital. His wife and child were not injured in the incident, according to MFRD.
Investigators with the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene since the man was hurt.
No additional details have been released about the fire.
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Officials issued a reminder to community members about the importance of abiding by the burn bans in place to prevent future incidents.
“There is still a city-county burn ban in effect,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Shan Womack. “All outdoor burning is prohibited, including grilling and using fire pits, until weather conditions are favorable.”
Several Middle Tennessee counties have active burn bans issued by the state Department of Agriculture. To see the list, click here.