Once the fire ignited, flames quickly jumped to the upper floors of the 21/2-story building, Fire Chief Jack Bergeron said.
"It was an easy path for the fire to progress," he
The home will have to be torn down, said Bergeron
, who estimated damage at $300,000.
noted with the exception of some newer neighborhoods in South Lawrence, the majority of single-family and multi-family homes in Lawrence are built with balloon construction.
Yesterday morning, Bergeron, a city engineer and a disinterested party met to survey the damage and determine if the house could be saved structurally.
They determined "the building needs to come down," Bergeron
In the interim, provisions will have to be made on the property to keep it safe for neighbors during the winter weather, Bergeron
did not know how many smoke detectors were in the home.
heard at least one device sounding "that sounded like a smoke detector" after firefighters arrived.
said one apartment was on the first floor and another on the second floor with additional bedrooms on the floor above.