by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (November 26, 2019) – Around 1:15pm on Tuesday, November 26, Clem Lessner noticed a house fire in progress a couple of blocks from his home. He grabbed his camera and followed the smoke to the scene.
“I took about 40 photos in the next hour or so,” Lessner said, and he emailed a few examples to The Lansing Journal.
Firefighters told Lessner the flames had been extinguished before he arrived, but there were still hot spots inside producing heavy smoke that was pouring from the structure.
Lansing was joined by Munster, Dolton, Glenwood, and South Holland in fighting the blaze and helping the victims. Lessner counted at least five fire trucks, three ambulances, two “command unit” SUVs, and six or more police and fire cars.
The Lansing community responded to the need by sharing photos of the destruction on social media and asking for donations to help the four adults and two children whose home had been devastated.
Troost Coffee and Tea (18155 Roy Street) responded immediately by offering to serve as a drop-off location for donations.
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