LAWRENCE (CBS) – A massive fire in Lawrence that spread to eight buildings was caused by smoking.
The fire on Bennington Street destroyed three multi-family homes and damaged four others, along with a garage on Sunday.
The State Fire Marshal says the “improper disposal of smoking materials” led to the fire that displaced 64 people.
Investigators say the fire started outside of 131-133 Bennington Street near a side entrance to the building where a resident had been smoking earlier in the day. The fire quickly moved up the exterior of the building and around to the back.
Damages are estimated to be more than $1 million.
Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. No one was seriously hurt.