Community Steps Up After Prospect Heights Fire

Rob Hart
July 23, 2018 - 6:19 pm
Lakewood Chapel in Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights Fire

WBBM Newsradio/Rob Hart


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When a condo building burned down, a community stepped up.

Neighbors in the Propsect Heights area have been delivering carloads of donated supplies to the Lakewood Chapel in Arlington Heights for those displaced by a condo fire.   

The River Trails Condominum Complex burned in a fire last Wednesday. Pastor John Elleson said the chapel housed 70 displaced residents the night after the fire. 

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As the people moved on to stay with family or friends, the sanctuary became a warehouse for donated supplies.

"This is what we like to do. Helping.  And now seeing people wanting to do it?  The community?  It's just awesome.  I can't say enough," Elleson said.

Volunteers at the Lakewood Chapel have been bagging, sorting, and stacking the carloads of supplies. The supplies range from toiletry kits to food and children's toys.  They are available to any fire victim in need.

"They can come and get whatever they need, no charge of course, and get your life back in order."

The church is several miles from the condo complex and some people who were displaced are members at the church.