Post last updated at 9:58 a.m.; photo added at 8:22 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23:
Some Lawrence residents are devastated after losing their pet dog in a fire in an eastern Lawrence mobile home park, according to a neighbor.
A firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, as well, according to a news release Friday morning from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Kevin Joles.
Three homes were also damaged by the fire that was reported around 11:11 p.m. Thursday at Brookwood, 1908 E. 19th St. The neighbor said early Friday that least one home and shed were completely destroyed; one home next to it was also badly damaged, and the one on the opposite side lost its porch and its siding was damaged.
“The heat from the home was extreme enough to cause homes on both sides of the structure to receive damage as well,” according to LDCFM. The fire was brought under control at 12:02 a.m., Joles said.
No residents of the mobile home park were physically injured. Other pets were saved from the home where the fire started, but one dog could not be rescued, the neighbor said.
The fire was near a main gas line, so the gas was shut off and nearby neighbors were evacuated for their safety, according to the neighbor.
Some residents of the area said the department’s response was delayed because of construction in the area. The closest fire station is less than a mile from the mobile home park, but neighbors said the firetruck had to take a longer route to get there.
“At this time, I am unaware of any delays in response, but can follow up when or if that comes available,” Joles said via email Friday morning.
LDCFM contacted the Red Cross to assist the residents of the damaged homes, according to the release.