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Fire damages Lawrence apartment building; no injuries

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Post last updated at 2:36 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5:

No one was injured, but an apartment building was damaged by a fire early Monday.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical received multiple calls around 4 a.m. Monday for a fire at Meadowbrook Apartments, 2711 Brittany Place, according to a news release from the department.

Flames were visible and residents were evacuating the building, callers said, and LDCFM arrived within five minutes, according to the release.

“The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the one end of the two level 24 unit apartment building,” according to the release. “Fire crews immediately searched the building to ensure the fire had not spread and the residents had evacuated and were
accounted for.”

The quick response led to the fire being limited to the stairwell on the first floor, according to the release. The fire was contained within 25 minutes, but crews stayed on the scene for an hour. 21 firefighters responded and Lawrence police helped evacuate the building, according to the release.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Monday afternoon, according to the release. However, LDCFM Division Chief Kevin Joles said the department was investigating two incendiary fires at the apartment building.

Lawrence police arrested a 26-year-old woman with a Denver address at the scene on suspicion of aggravated arson, the Douglas County jail’s booking log shows.

No damage estimate was available as of Monday afternoon, according to the release. Fortunately, no one was displaced from their home as a result of the fire, Joles said.

LDCFM reminds folks to ensure they have working smoke detectors in their homes, and to practice an evacuation plan.

The red pin on the map below shows the location of the apartment building.

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