7 Alarm Fire in Lawrence Involving Eight Structures


PHOTO: Tom Duggan (c) 2017

PHOTO: Tom Duggan (c) 2017

A call to 147 Benington St for a fire Sunday afternoon had Lawrence Police scrambling to get people out of a building that set off a chain reaction of fires on Bennington and Saratoga Streets that reached 6 alarms and drew firefighters from more than a dozen communities. 

By our last report nobody has been hurt. The families displaced by the fires are being housed at the Arlington School on Arlington St. in Lawrence.


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, 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

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6 Responses to 7 Alarm Fire in Lawrence Involving Eight Structures

  1. Charlene Valladares Reply

    June 11, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Tom, now is the time to educate renters about rental insurance. For what is spent on eating out or a carton of cigarettes they can purchase some peace of mind. I think that this should be a priority. When I was renting I always had it, never needed it but I understood that if there was a fire only the landlord has insurance. I hear excuses that people can’t afford it but if they just stop to think that this is essential so they won’t end up sleeping at the Arlington School. They can even cover appliances, hotel stays etc. I think that the city should start an education program to enlighten people. Before people start saying that I don’t understand their financial situation I am a life long resident of Lawrence and when I was renting I made a measly $7.50 an hour but I made sure I protected my family by budgeting the cost of rental insurance. This would be a great service to them.

    • Henry “sup3rhank” Juliao Reply

      June 12, 2017 at 6:12 AM

      I’m with you 100%. Not to mention that renter’s insurance is super cheap.
      I don’t think is an issue of affordability. I think people are not aware of the option.

      Most insurance agencies offer renter’s insurance; they practically give it away if you buy auto insurance from them.

      • Charlene Valladares Reply

        June 12, 2017 at 7:30 AM

        Henry, that is why I think that Lawrence would do a great service to direct the landlords or city agencies to let the renters know that they have that option. The landlord should point out to his or her renters that if there ever was a fire none of their possessions are covered. Let them know that for pennies a day they can buy themselves some peace of mind that they and their family will have a leg to stand on if God forbid there is a fire.

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    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 11, 2017 at 11:31 PM


  3. Marie Lavin Reply

    June 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Charlene, thanks for sharing, great advice! Many young renters may not be aware of this insurance.

    • Charlene Valladares Reply

      June 13, 2017 at 7:35 PM

      Marie,your welcome, when I was renting this was pointed out to me. I know if the city gets the word out to the people many would avail themselves of this option. I am going to write the Mayor and ask him to do this.

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