A multi-unit structure on School Street went on fire Tuesday evening. At least one cat is missing, but everyone else is accounted for. (Courtesy photo)
Everyone safe after two-alarm fire in Franklin
FRANKLIN - Residents at a multi-unit building in the city of Franklin escaped without injury Thursday evening, but at least one cat is missing.
Witnesses said the fire started in the structure's barn, with two children playing with pillows, a box, and matches or a lighter. Officials could not confirm that information, and police are investigating the cause.
For resident Antonio Rugio, the most important thing is that everyone is safe, despite the loss of his personal possessions.
"It just happened so quick that the fire just went everywhere, so we got everybody outside. That's all that matters, that everyone was safe," he said.
A number of neighbors gathered to watch as multiple crews from throughout the region battled the two-alarm fire for hours. Cheyenne Caron and Dennis Murphree were quick enough to take a picture and video of the fire after it started.
Murphree said the first thing he did, however, is make sure his neighbors were safe.
"Everyone pretty much knows one another around here," Murphree said.
Smoke alarms were working, and alerted residents to the blaze, but Deputy Fire Chief Robert Goodearl said it is a good reminder to make sure all citizens check their own smoke alarms.
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