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Lawler without power, water after late night fire


Firefighters from six departments helped fight a fire that destroyed three buildings in downtown Lawler.  It started in a building around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and was under control within two hours.

Some residents on south side of town had to be cleared from their homes because wind was spreading ash from the blaze.

Power had to be cut from many homes as a result.  The bulk of Lawler was without power and water overnight but officials had hoped to restore it by morning.  The water was unavailable because the pumps require electricity to function.

"The main thing is we had to cut power, so there's a lot of people without power and they probably will be without power until sometime tomorrow (Thursday).  There was two propane tanks, one of them blevied, which means it exploded.  Well, not exploded, vented off. The other we were able to keep cool, it didn't vent off," Lawler firefighter Paul Rosenbaum said.

The three buildings that were destroyed include the old hardware store, a storage facility and the city shed.  There are no reports of injuries, but firefighters are investigating the fire because the old hardware store was vacant and had no power running to it.

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