Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department's Districts 1 and 2 responded to a fire call at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home located at 820 South Church Street just before 5:30 Friday afternoon.
Crews discovered heavy smoke in the basement of the structure and located the fire in the funeral home's old embalming room.
A line was pulled and the fire was extinguished quickly. Firefighters also checked for extensions. Damage was contained to the room of origin.
"The fire started when a light in the old embalming room shorted," said Shift Commander Daryl Alexander. "Employees were lucky that they went downstairs before they left for the day; if this was not discovered until later, circumstances would have been much different," he continued.
Jennings and Ayers will remain open for business as usual.
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