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2 Alarm Arlington St. Fire Leaves at Least 7 People Homeless in Lawrence

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By: Tom Duggan – June 21, 2017

PHOTO: Tom Duggan - (c) Copyright, 2017. The Valley Patriot

PHOTO: Tom Duggan  (c) Copyright, 2017. The Valley Patriot

LAWRENCE – A two alarm fire at 18 Arlington St. in Lawrence left at least 7 people homeless early Wednesday morning. Fire companies from Dracut and other communities raced to the city as flames billowed out of the second and third floor of the building. 

The initial call came in from Lawrence Police who were first to arrive, as residents were seen hanging out of the second floor window. 

One resident, 22 year old Zhayna Alvarez was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns, she was listed in good condition. 

Josearmaneo Binet Alcequiez PHOTO: Tom Duggan - (c) Copyright Valley Patriot, 2017

Josearmaneo Binet Alcequiez
PHOTO: Tom Duggan – (c) Copyright Valley Patriot, 2017

16 year old Josearmaneo Binet Alcequiez lives on the first floor of the building told The Valley Patriot that he woke up to Lawrence Police banging on the door “saying you have to get out it’s an emergency. I was scared because, you know, a bunch of people coming into my house when I’m sleeping.” 

Josearmameo said that when he ran out of the house he saw a “girl on the roof  and the firefights got her and I don’t know where she went but she was taken by ambulance.”

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Firefighters did not say what caused the fire. Heal Lawrence, a volunteer group, sets up a registry on line, (similar to a wedding registry) where items that the fire victims need will be listed for those in the community who want to donate. 

 

 

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, an author, host of the Paying Attention Radio Program on WCAP in Lowell, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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