By Paul Tennant
---- — LAWRENCE — Firefighters prevented a triple decker at 28-30 Boxford St. from being consumed by flames yesterday evening.
Fire was visible on the second and third floors, according to initial reports. The blaze started in the rear hallway on the second floor when a pile of buckets and other items began burning, according to fire Deputy Chief John Marsh.
The cause is being investigated. The fire was reported at 5:07 p.m. and was extinguished quickly. Firefighters stopped the flames from reaching the roof or the vinyl siding on the outside of the building, Marsh noted.
Engines 5 and 9, Ladder 4 and the rescue vehicle responded. A little more than an hour after their arrival, the firefighters began rolling up the hoses and heading back to the station.
The structure is divided into three apartments and 12 to 14 people reside there, according to tenants interviewed. Marsh told them that they would be able to return to their homes that evening.
The fire burned some wires so the power was shut off, Marsh said. The Fire Department was trying to reach the owner so an electrician could be hired to repair the damaged wires, he explained.
A woman who lives in the building suffered a laceration on her face, Marsh said. He was not sure how she was injured. She was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, he said.
Carlos Frias, 21, an automobile detailer, lives on the first floor. He found out from a friend his house was on fire, so he left his workplace and went to Boxford Street.
“I’m just trying to find out what’s going on,” he said. He was relieved that his home was not destroyed.
Besides the 12 to 14 tenants, the building is also home to three small dogs, who were scampering excitedly up and down the street.
Police blocked off Boxford Street at Phillips and Osgood streets.