Early morning Lawrence Apt. building fire under investigation

Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 8:54 AM CST
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Nobody was seriously injured in an early morning fire that caused nearly half a million dollars damage to a Lawrence Apartment Building.

Lawrence Fire Chief Tom Fagan says crews were called to 2411 Lousiana just after 1 a.m. Friday morning.

When they arrived, flames could be seen coming from a first-floor unit.

Fagan said officers from the Lawrence Police Department were first on the scene and were already evacuating residents from the 12 unit building.

Four people suffered minor injuries. Fagan says one person had to be rescued from a third-story balcony, and five cats were removed.

The chief said the blaze was contained to two units but caused an estimated $450,000 in damage due to extensive smoke damage throughout the building.

The cause is under investigation.

Fagan credited LPD for their quick response for helping get all residents out of the complex safely.

He said the older building did not have a sprinkler system but was equipped with working smoke detectors.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the families displaced.