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July 2, 2014

Firefighters get Lawrence mill fire blaze under control then tackle second fire

LAWRENCE — A 2-alarm fire heavily damaged a vacant mill building near Canal and Union streets last night.

Two firefighters were injured, according to interim fire Chief John Marsh. One was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment of a knee injury while the other suffered heat exhaustion and recovered in a mobile rehabilitation unit, Marsh said.

Firefighters battled the blaze under hot and humid conditions. The first alarm sounded at 9:01 p.m., with the second issued a few minutes later.

The 2 1/2-story, red brick building was "fully involved," when firefighters arrived on the scene. The fire was under control about 11 p.m.

No cause had been determined.

Almost as soon as they had subdued a fire at a vacant mill building at Union and Canal streets, firefighters went to 10 Embankment St. to contain another blaze.

A motor on the first floor of the Spector Textile Products building ignited and burned nearby materials before firefighters knocked down the blaze, according to Deputy Chief John McInnis. The 1-alarm fire was reported at 11:17 p.m.

There were no injuries. Firefighters set up fans to blow smoke from the building. With the bulk of Lawrence's firefighting force pinned down only a few blocks away, crews from other communities, including Lowell, Methuen, Andover and Dracut, helped knock down the fire.

Five American Red Cross volunteers, led by Deb Duxbury, provided bottled water to firefighters at both sites.

"We didn't have to go very far," Duxbury said.

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