Overnight fire at eastern Lawrence apartment displaces 10

An early-morning fire at an apartment complex in eastern Lawrence has left 10 people displaced, but no one was injured.

A neighbor heard smoke alarms and called 911 to report the fire at 2100 Haskell Ave. at 1:19 a.m. Friday, according to a news release from Tom Fagan, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical division chief of administration.

Firefighters arrived at 1:28 a.m. and attacked the flames on the interior of the building, confining the fire to the floor where it began, according to the release.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Friday morning, and property damage was estimated to be $35,000, according to the release.

“Overnight fires in residential buildings can be particularly deadly,” Fagan said in the release. “Smoke alarms save both lives and property; in this case, working smoke alarms assisted in the reporting of the fire by a neighbor. The involved apartment tenants were not home.”

Five of the 10 displaced occupants are receiving assistance from the Red Cross, including three children, according to the release.

2100 Haskell Ave, Lawrence, KS 66046

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