Investigation underway into 3-alarm blaze in vacant Lawrence building

Fire officials are investigating a three-alarm blaze that broke out Wednesday night in a vacant building in Lawrence, Fire Chief Jack Bergeron said.

The fire started just after 10 p.m. in a two-story home at 57 Springfield St., Bergeron said.

Firefighters initially thought there might be people trapped inside. “They searched as best they could and couldn’t find anyone,” he said.

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Flames could be seen shooting from the home, and firefighters worried that the blaze might spread to nearby buildings, including a three-story wood-frame home on the right and a two-story building on the left that contains a social club and apartments, Bergeron said.

“The fire got going pretty well, and the problem we had was protecting the exposed buildings and trying to keep it confined,” he said.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading and had it under control in an hour and a half, Bergeron said.

The Lawrence department received aid from surrounding towns and from as far away as Danvers, he said.

A Lawrence firefighter was transported to Lawrence General Hospital for chest and back pain, Bergeron said. He has since been treated and released.

Firefighters are still on the scene this morning and investigators will return to the home today, Bergeron said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.