LAWRENCE — A two-alarm fire did heavy damage to a vacant house at 207 Marston St. on Monday night. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the blaze, which produced considerable flames and smoke, is under investigation. The fire was reported by a neighbor who made a 911 call at 7:18 p.m. The second alarm followed shortly thereafter.
The blaze was under control within an hour, according to acting fire Chief John Marsh.
The 2 1/2-story, wood frame house is located near the Tombarello salvage yard and Essex Waste Paper, two businesses that are no longer operating at that location. The house is set back several hundred feet from the street and borders a large asphalt-covered area.
Marsh called it a "nuisance fire," because all of the city's equipment had to be deployed to fight it. Andover Engine 1 assisted Lawrence firefighters.
The fire appears to have started in the walls on the first floor, Marsh said. Firefighters knocked it down with 1 1/2-inch attack lines and a 4-inch water gun mounted on Ladder 5.
Marsh pointed out that firefighters can maneuver the powerful water gun without having to climb to the top of the ladder. The chief said water pressure for this particular fire was adequate.
Two hydrants, one near the Parthum School, the other at Josephine Avenue and Marston Street, supplied water to the trucks at the fire, which included Engines 1, 5, 6 and 9 and Ladders 4 and 5.
Marsh said there was no need to evacuate homes on nearby Hoffmann Avenue.