A fast-burning fire that may have been sparked by a dry Christmas tree reduced a two-family home nearly to ashes Friday night and melted vinyl-sided walls on nearby houses. Residents told firefighters and neighbors that the fire began after a dry Christmas tree ignited. Acting Lawrence Deputy Fire Chief Perry DiNatale said Lawrence fire officials are investigating the blaze and have not determined its cause. At least 13 people were displaced by the blaze, which began about 11 p.m., according to officials.
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