Updated: May 14, 2012 - 3:11am
Update: Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, Chief Mark Bradford tells my reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World, that damage is estimated at $75,000. Investigators determined that the fire was accidental and caused by landscaping mulch covering an in-ground lighting source. The fire extended to inside the house, where crews found fire in lower level utility and storage area. (Link)
Lawrence firefighters were called to an address in the 1700 block of Lake Alvamar Drive around 4:10 a.m. Saturday. Lawrence Journal-World story.
Initial reports from the resident were of a small fire in the basement utility closet of the two story house. Police confirmed that all occupants of the house were safely outside. Officers also reported visible flames at the bottom of the basement stairs.
Upon arrival and preliminary investigation, fire crews confirmed that there was a working fire in the basement. A second alarm response was added to the incident for additional manpower. Firefighters outside of the home reported fire visible on an exterior corner with extension into some landscaping material. The fire inside and outside was quickly knocked down and later was declared to be out, about 30 minutes after crews arrived on the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and a damage estimate has not been released. No injuries were reported.
More on this incident can be found from my reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World, with new details as they become available.
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