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November 23, 2013

4-alarm fire breaks out on Essex Street in Lawrence

LAWRENCE — A four alarm fire broke out early yesterday at 440 Essex St.

The blaze started at 4:30 a.m. at a split residential and commercial six story building. The first floor of the building is commercial and the rest is residential. However, the upper levels of the building where the fire broke out are currently vacant.

When the Lawrence Fire Department arrived, the fire was heavy. The department called for mutual aid, bringing in firefighters from surrounding communities for assistance. It took more than an hour to knock the fire down.

No residents were injured in the fire. A Lawrence firefighter did fall on the scene. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire. They’ve released no estimates about the cost of damages to the building or the businesses.

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