A Tuesday morning fire at a Lawrence apartment complex was caused by “unattended cooking” and led to $175,000 in damages, according to a news release issued by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.
The fire began shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Southpointe Park Villas apartment complex in the 2200 block of West 26th Street, one block west of Iowa Street.
When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the second-floor balcony of a three-story wood-framed structure. The fire was put out by about 8:30 a.m.
No one was injured, as the apartment complex residents had been evacuated by the time fire crews arrived. Two dogs were rescued from the fire.
Residents from six apartments were displaced and received assistance from the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross.