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Four-alarm fire in Lawrence leaves 11 homeless, injures a firefighter

One firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries after a four-alarm fire in Lawrence early today that left 11 people homeless, officials said.

Firefighters rushed to 81-83 Bromfield St. at 1:42 a.m., said Lawrence Deputy Fire Chief Brian Murphy. The blaze began on the third floor of the three-story, wood-frame home. A preliminary investigation identified an electrical problem as the cause, Murphy said.

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“Fortunately, all residents were out on our arrival,” Murphy said, but one firefighter was taken to Lawrence General Hospital with a minor shoulder injury. He was treated and released, Murphy said.

Murphy said the firefighters were concerned about the fire’s potential to spread to other nearby homes, one of which was only four feet away. The fire was contained to the third floor of the original building, causing an estimated $195,000 in damage, Murphy said.

The fire was under control by 4 a.m., Murphy said.

The Red Cross was on scene to assist the three families living in the home with housing and supplies.

The Lawrence department was assisted by firefighters from various area towns, including Andover, North Andover, Methuen, and Tewksbury, Murphy said.

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