A big Thank You from the Lapeer Art Association goes out to the Fire Department of Lapeer and the neighbouring fire departments of Davison, Elba Township, Oxford, Deerfield, and Imlay City. They responded to the fire that broke on the second floor of the building next to the Pix Theater in historic Downtown Lapeer.
The Pix was saved though it has suffered water and smoke damage. Adjoining Gallery 194 where LAA hold their exhibits suffered minor smoke damage. All thanks to the brave fire fighters who risk their lives on a daily basis to save people and property the show goes on!
The LAA Holidaze show is open to the public and normal service at the Pix will resume soon. Sadly the store Lost Treasures and apartments above were consumed in the blaze. Next door, Burke’s Flowers will be able to reopen and the apartments above suffered water and smoke damage but are salvageable. The owners of Lost Treasures, vintage and antique consignment shop, are planning to open elsewhere.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families made homeless. Fortunately no one was injured – resident or firefighter. But about two dozen people are now facing the winter without a home and all their belongings lost in the fire. The community is rallying round to help. Needs of the families are being posted on an informal city Facebook page Lapeer Michigan – Downtown. Various businesses in Downtown Lapeer are collecting donations.