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Early morning fire destroys home in our Lansing, MI neighborhood

Yet another look at the damage

It was hard to watch the flames shoot out of our neighbor's house early this morning after we were woken at 1:30 a.m. by a police car with flashing lights in front of our bedroom window. Within a few seconds, an ambulance followed, along with five fire trucks.

My wife looked out the door and a few houses down the street and saw the shooting flames from our neighbor's living room.

These are "how you doing" neighbors who I don't really know, but who we engage in pleasantries when we walk by their house.

One neighbor who does know them said a member of the burned out household had left a laptop computer running on the couch overnight and it caught fire. Reportedly, they recently adopted two children. Today, the whole family is homeless and put in a temporary shelter by the Red Cross.

While we were watching the Lansing Fire Department, I was struck by the teamwork of the firefighters. You could tell they knew what they were doing and you could clearly see the risks they were taking.

There will be a neighborhood collection later today. Count us in.