4 need temporary housing after smoke in Murray apartment building

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 April 2021 at 11:51 pm

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MURRAY – Firefighters tonight were able to put keep a smoke situation in a vacant apartment in Murray from turning into a big fire. Firefighters were dispatched to 16576 Ridge Rd., across from the Murray Superette at about 10 p.m.

The building, a former video store, has two apartments. The one that is vacant was full of smoke and the tenants in the other apartment called 911 to report the smoke coming out of the apartment.

Firefighters discovered electrical wiring had melted and the insulation and studs were charred and smoking. They sprayed some water to keep it from becoming a fire.

The owner of the building has been renovating the vacant apartment, a Sheriff’s deputy said.

The four residents in the opposite apartment need to find a temporary place to stay while repairs are made and the site passes inspection, said Harris Reed, the Murray Joint Fire District fire chief.

Fire investigators are on site trying to determine the cause.