Family displaced, two cats dead in house fire in Lawrence

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Post updated to add photos at 12:35 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; fundraiser link added at 4:02 p.m.:

A family was displaced and their two cats did not survive following an early morning house fire in Lawrence, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.


LDCFM was dispatched at 6:29 a.m. Sunday to 2456 Ohio St. for a fire in the garage of the home. Firefighters arrived within four minutes to find heavy fire from the attached garage with fire spreading to the interior of the home, according to a news release.

“Fire crews aggressively attacked the fire in the garage and inside the home,” according to the release.

On arrival, firefighters found the occupants of the home already outside.

“The house was quickly searched to verify no other occupants were inside and searched for two unaccounted for pets,” according to the release. “Unfortunately, two cats were located and they did not survive.”

The fire was reported under control within 45 minutes, and no injuries were reported. 21 firefighters responded, according to the release.

“The house was heavily damaged and the cause of the fire (is) under investigation by the LDCFM” as of just before 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the release.

A friend has started a GoFundMe page to help the family. The online fundraiser is available at this link.

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