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August 18, 2013

Two families displaced by fire yesterday

LAWRENCE — A quick response by city firefighters shortly after noontime yesterday kept a two-family home at 102 Salem St. from being destroyed.

But the one-alarm blaze caused an estimated $120,000 in damage and forced the two families to find temporary housing until repairs are made and city inspectors allow the building to be occupied again, Lawrence Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Murphy said yesterday.

“There was pretty heavy smoke coming out from the attic area when the first units arrived,” Murphy said.

“Once firefighters got the water on it, they got it under control fairly quickly. Capt. (James) Loffredo said they knocked it down within the first 20 minutes,” he said.

Three fire engines, a ladder truck and a rescue unit responded to the scene.

None of the residents were harmed.

A firefighter was taken to the hospital and released after treatment of minor injuries, according to Murphy.

Officials said the fire originated in the third floor attic area. Cause of the blaze remained under investigation as of last night.

The two and a half story building received water, smoke, fire and heat damage.

Firefighters initially called for the Red Cross to assist the two displaced families. But, the families were able to find housing on their own, Murphy said.

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