Laura DeVoe Herter wants any photos or videos anyone has of the fire. Her family works here, and she said she be greatly appreciated if anyone who took photos or videos, to email them to her at Herterlaura@gmail.com
Around 3:15 am this morning several emergency personnel were dispatched to the Kar Korner in the 4900 block of N Second st. The building is fully engulfed. The LPFD arrived on scene and were able to quickly get the fire under control. They are requesting NICOR for a gas leak. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The northbound lanes of N Second st are blocked off, please avoid the area.
UPDATE: The State Fire Marshal is en route. They will be on scene awhile. Sounds like the fire is suspicious and are investigating it as an arson. Please avoid N Second st for several officers while emergency personnel investigate and work the scene.
UPDATE: The LPFD Chief Foley said they can now reopen the Northbound traffic lanes as of 5 am. He also said no one is to enter the property until the State Fire Marshal is on scene. Sounds like this fire is suspicious in nature.
Below are some photos taken by George Bower