On June 23, 2009, a Lansing mother and her two children were found in their home by firefighters who responded to neighbor calls about visible flames coming from the house. Although the firfighters were able to contain the fire, all three family members passed away as a result of the fire. At this time, Lansing Police are reporting the incident as suspicious due to prior incidents that occurred in the weeks prior to the fire.
Firefighters had been to the house on June 2 to put out a car fire at the same house. When the fire department arrived, there were two cars on fire and a car port. There were also two home invasions in the month leading up to the deadly fire that police are still investigating. Additionally, there were complaints of vandalism reported to the police.
The family’s neighbors had been concerned for a while about the family’s safety based upon all of the problems they recently had. Based on the shared concerns of the neighbors, a makeshift neighborhood watch was created to keep an eye on the family to make sure they were safe but unfortunately it did not prevent the deadly blaze from happening.