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Duplex Fire Ruled Accidental
Franklin, TN – The cause of a fire that damaged a duplex on Wednesday evening has been ruled accidental, according to Franklin Fire Investigator Lt. Bill Almon.
The Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to the two-story, brick rental property on Meredith Place just after 7 p.m. on January 23, 2019.
Firefighters were called by a resident who smelled smoke upon entering the home. They arrived to find light smoke inside, with heavier smoke conditions in an upstairs bedroom. With the help of a thermal imaging camera, they discovered and extinguished a fire burning inside the wall cavity of that bedroom.
Almon said that telephone work had been done in that room earlier in the day. He estimated damage at $35,000. He said the family of two that lived in the unit where the fire originated will be temporarily displaced while repairs are completed. The adjoining unit was not damaged.