A raging blaze tore through a cluster of businesses in downtown Lawrence early Friday morning, destroying a liquor store and a bakery.
Crews responding to a report of a fire in the area of Essex and Newbury streets found flames shooting from a building that houses multiple businesses and thick smoke consuming the neighborhood.
Firefighters from Lawrence and neighboring communities could be seen dousing the raging fire with water. Video from the scene showed extensive damage to Sweeney’s Package Store and Sweet Grace Heavenly Cakes. They have been deemed a complete loss.
Mir Tapas Lounge and Fernandez Market are also located next to the scorched businesses.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down before 6:30 a.m. but crews were still battling hot spots as the sun came up.