Juvenile Charged In Connection With Hay Bale Fires In Murfreesboro

Juvenile Charged In Connection With Hay Bale Fires In Murfreesboro

CREATED Apr 2, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A juvenile has been charged with allegedly setting hay bales on fire Tuesday afternoon in Rutherford County. The bales were still smoldering Wednesday morning.

The Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Fire Marshal Office took out a petition Wednesday morning charging the juvenile with setting fire to personal property or land in connection with the hay bale fires on a farm near the VA golf course.

The juvenile turned himself in, but a detention hearing was not immediately set.

Firefighters were called to the scene on Highway 231 North around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials said 75 to 100 large bales of hay were set on fire at a farm across from the VA golf course on Lebanon Pike around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters battled the blaze for hours.

The owner of the farm used a tractor to move and separate the bales, as crews extinguished hotspots.

The Fire Marshal found that the point of origin was in the city limits of Murfreesboro, but it spread into the county.

Murfreesboro Firefighters were called back out Wednesday morning along with the Walter Hill Fire Department.

The bales were still smoldering and putting off a large amount of smoke. A brush truck equipped with foam was called to the scene.

"The intent is to use the foam to try to smother any remaining fire and smoke to keep it from bothering the residents in the area," said Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Farley.