A fire early this morning in a downtown building is being termed suspicious by Lawrence firefighters.
About 20 firefighters were called at 5:10 a.m. to 609 Mass., formerly Kansas Canvas Inc., to extinguish a fire in the basement of the building.
A small amount of furniture had ignited in the basement, said fire Battalion Chief Dan Morrow.
The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes he said. Damage was listed at about $500. No one was injured.
Morrow said the cause of the blaze was under investigation today.
The building is owned by Rob Phillips, manager of the Eldridge Hotel. He could not be reached for comment this morning.