Dog killed, trailer home destroyed in fire in Lawrence

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A dog died and a trailer home is a total loss because of a fire Monday afternoon in Lawrence, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

Firefighters with LDCFM responded to the fire at 110 N. Michigan St. around 12:42 p.m. Monday. They arrived to find fire rapidly spreading in the trailer home, according to a news release from the department.

“Fire and smoke conditions in the structure prevented crews from entering and exterior fire suppression operations were initiated,” according to the release. “Though initially concerned about the potential for fire spread to nearby structures, LDCFM actions contained the fire to the structure of origin.”

All the occupants made it out of the trailer safely and uninjured; however, a dog was found dead inside the trailer. No firefighters injuries were reported during the incident, according to the release.

“The men and women of LDCFM extend our heartfelt sympathies to the occupants for their loss and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring a safe and secure community for all,” the release stated.

LDCFM investigators determined that the fire was an accident caused by an electrical fault, according to the release.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical / Contributed photo
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical / Contributed photo
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