Nurse suffers smoke inhalation during fire at Rutherford County jail

Rutherford County Jail fire

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A nurse suffered smoke inhalation during a medical office fire Saturday afternoon at the Rutherford County jail.

Emergency Medical Services paramedics took the nurse to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital for treatment, according to Sheriff Robert Arnold.

The fire was confined to the medical director’s office, but smoke filled the first floor of the medical wing and administrative offices.

Sprinklers extinguished the fire, but water flooded the medical hallway, dispatch and the administrative hallways.

Deputies used fire extinguishers to put out hot spots.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue firefighters estimated 35 gallons of water per minute dropped from the sprinklers, Sheriff Arnold said.

Deputies, the sheriff and inmates mopped water from the hallways.

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department and Rutherford County Fire and Rescue responded to clear the area of smoke that filled the hallways. The water and smoke damage did not spread to the inmate housing areas.

The fire heavily damaged the medical director’s office.

Officials said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

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