A Monday morning blaze at a home at 3032 Steven Dr., is being investigated as an arson, Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain said today.
McSwain said investigators had determined the fire was an arson because it was started in several different places in the house.
McSwain said a fire investigation squad has been activated to look into the fire. Lawrence Police Sgt. Ed Brunt will head the investigation squad, which is composed of three fire department investigators, two Lawrence police officers and two Douglas County Sheriff's officers.
Police responding to a report of smoke in the neighborhood early Monday morning found smoke coming from roof air vents on the south side of the house, Lawrence Police Lt. Larry Loveland said. Firefighters were notified about 3:19 a.m. Monday about the fire.
When firefighters arrived, McSwain said, the eaves of the house were in flames.
McSwain said that fires were started in two bedrooms, located in the east end of the house, and the kitchen, near the center of the house.
McSwain declined to comment on how the fires were started.
No one was in the house when firefighters arrived, but the fire report lists Randall Jackson as the occupant in the one-story ranch-style home. A dollar figure on damage to the house was not available today.