One person was rescued from an apartment that caught fire early Saturday in downtown Lawrence, authorities said. The blaze was reported at 5:16 a.m. Saturday at 800 New Hampshire Street. The first firefighter arrived on the scene at 5:18 a.m. and reported nothing was showing from the five-story apartment building, said Division Chief Justin Temple, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.
Crews then located a fire in Apartment 302 of the building. Fire crews located, then rescued, a resident from the apartment. Temple said the building’s fire alarm system activated and alerted all residents. He added that the fire sprinkler system in apartment 302 activated and helped control the fire until crews could extinguish the blaze, which was declared under control by 5:49 a.m. Other residents of the building were displaced and were assisted in a temporary move to 888 New Hampshire by representatives of First Management. All displaced residents were later allowed to return to their apartments.
Temple said the resident from apartment 302 was treated at the scene, then taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The person’s name and condition weren’t immediately available. No other injuries were reported. Fire department investigators were called to the scene to determine the fire’s cause. An estimated dollar loss wasn’t immediately available.