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Firefighter Breaks Arm Battling 3-Alarm Lawrence Blaze

Fire breaks out as residents allowed to return home after Thursday's gas fires

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    Lawrence Officials Battle 3-Alarm Blaze

    Fire is not connected to Thursday's gas explosions, officials say.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Fire reportedly broke out before 10 a.m.

    • Fire erupted just hours after officials gave all clear for city residents to return after Thursday's gas fires

    • An official told NBC10 Boston and NECN this morning that the fire is not connected to Thursday's gas leak and explosions.

    Lawrence firefighters battled a 3-alarm blaze Sunday morning that officials say was not connected to Thursday's gas leaks.

    The fire broke out shortly before 10 a.m. at 8 Diamond St. just as residents were finally allowed to return to their homes after a series of gas explosions Thursday in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. Residents were allowed to return after 7 a.m. after officials deemed the area safe.

    While residents at the scene told NBC 10 Boston and NECN that they smelled the odor of gas in the home and called the Fire Department, a Lawrence fire official confirmed that today's blaze is not connected to Thursday's gas leaks and fires.

    A Norfolk firefighter broke his arm during the blaze when he fell through a floor, fire officials said. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where he was treated and released, according to Lawrence Fire Department.

    Fire officials said the blaze remains under investigation and the cause is yet to be determined. Fire officials estimated the fire left about $300,000 in damage.