Electrical problem pinpointed as cause for Cynthia Street fire

Fire investigators have determined a Tuesday afternoon fire that damaged a west Lawrence home was accidental and caused by an electrical problem.

Chief Mark Bradford of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical said Thursday morning that the fire caused an estimated $234,000 in damage to the house at 1129 Cynthia St., which is near Kasold Drive and Harvard Road.

Ted Faucher, who was home when the fire started, was treated and later released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A firefighter was also treated and released at LMH because of heat exposure, Bradford said. The family’s parakeet died in the fire.

Bradford said the fire had progressed through the house and damaged the roof.