Improper disposal of smoking material caused a fire Thursday morning that displaced 14 people from Cedarwood Apartments, Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical investigators said Friday.
The accidental fire caused $127,000 in damage to the building at 2430 Ousdahl Road.
Lawrence police officers arrived just after 6 a.m. Thursday and discovered heavy smoke coming from the bottom floor of the building, prompting fire crews to call for a second alarm.
Firefighters had the blaze under control 40 minutes later. No firefighters were injured, and authorities accounted for all occupants of the building.
Five units in the building sustained fire and smoke damage. According to Douglas County records, Cedarwood Villa LLC owns the building. The buildings at 2414 and 2430 Ousdahl Road are appraised together at $800,000.