• Displaced residents: 3-alarm fire caused by artificial Christmas tree


    LAWRENCE (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Over a dozen people were displaced by a three-alarm fire in Lawrence that residents say began when their artificial Christmas caught fire.

    A spokesperson for the Red Cross tells FOX 25 that 17 people were displaced by the blaze on Lafayette Street that broke out at about 11 p.m. Friday night.

    The fire impacted four homes on the street, with 9 Lafayette Street being completely destroyed. A total of 11 people, eight adults and three children, lived at 9 Lafayette Street. They are receiving emergency shelter and funds from the Red Cross.

    Six adults living at 13-15 Lafayette were also displaced in the fire. They planned to stay with relatives on Saturday night.

    Ten residents of 9 Lafayette were rushed to the hospital for injuries that included smoke inhalation. Some were also injured after jumping from the second floor of the building. They have all been released from the hospital.

    Residents of the building told city officials that the fire started when their Christmas tree went up in flames. They say they just put presents under the tree this week. The Red Cross is teaming up with Toys for Tots to help the family.

    Officials say that it will likely take a while for them to determine the official cause of the blaze.

    This is the family's second fire since 2001.

    Next Up: