By Yadira Betances firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — LAWRENCE — Residents of 19 Abbott St. returned to their home Monday to find it reeking of smoke and with heavy damage to the kitchen area and ceiling.
The family had built an addition to the back of the house near the kitchen area where the fire was confined, said Deputy Chief John Marsh. When firefighters arrived shortly after 2 p.m., there was smoke coming from the wall onto the roof.
Marsh said firefighters cut through the roof, but that fighting the fire was made more difficult because the kitchen ceiling was metal.
“I called for a second alarm for manpower because it was hard to rip off the ceiling,” Marsh said.
Responding to the fire were four trucks, two ladders and a rescue. No one was hurt.
Orlando Ramos, who lives next door, called 911 when he saw the smoke coming through the windows and the fire alarm sounding.
“My wife was hysterical telling me to call 911 because with the houses so close anything can happen,” Ramos said. He said firefighters arrived within minutes.
Marsh said they did not have a cause of the fire, which was still being investigated.
Ramos said he did not know the family well as they bought the house less than a year.
According to public records, the the three-bedroom, two bath single home was last purchased on Oct. 13, 2011.