LEXINGTON STREET FIRE, LAWRENCEVILLE, DESTROYS APARTMENTS
LAWRENCEVILLE—A fire that authorities believe erupted in the garage of a building at 1508 Lexington Street, Lawrenceville, ended up spreading to nearby apartments and destroyed not only those, but the house sitting next to the garage as well.
The apartment complex, we’re hearing, belongs to John McKim (of McKim’s IGA, now Borowiak’s). Officials have yet to determine what started the fire in the garage, but it’s Lawrenceville, so being realistic here, we’ll give you two guesses, and the first one doesn’t count. Of course, then because it occurred within city limits—where the police chief and fire chief are one and the same, Mike “Misfit” Mefford—it depends on the name of the person(s) who had access to that garage. If it’s someone the local cops use on a regular basis, we’ll never know the origin of the fire. If it’s someone the local cops don’t like—or can be tied in with someone they don’t like—there’ll be a bust, sure as shootin. Guess we’ll just have to see.
According to our sources in Lawrence, at least 15 fire departments responded to the conflagration. We’ve learned that all the action took place at around 11 p.m., with all the neighborhood being drawn outside by sirens and activity. The fire burned for about five hours, according to those at the scene.
In the meantime, here’s the aftermath, courtesy of one of our favorite local photogs in Lawrence.
It’s our understanding that of the eight apartments located in the unit, six were occupied. All residents of the occupied apartments have been housed in local facilities courtesy of the Red Cross; apparently the building and contents are a total loss.
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