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Fire at campground does $110,000 in damage


Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson.

Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson.

By Judy Reed

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The fire at Lakeside Camp Park started in this pole barn. Photo by J. Reed.

Several area fire departments battled a structure fire Monday, July 11 at Lakeside Camp Park on White Creek Avenue, just south of 17 Mile Road.

According to Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake, they were dispatched to the fire at 1:11 p.m. It started in a pole barn and spread to an RV next to the barn. He said it also damaged a utility truck and melted some of the siding on the brand new house that owner Rich Lupico had just built this spring.

Cedar Springs Fire, Algoma Fire, and Kent City Fire provided mutual aid at the scene.

Drake said that a park worker discovered the fire in the pole barn where he had been working. The man’s wife had a medical event due to the fire, and needed medical attention at the scene. Some saw this and thought a firefighter had been injured, but no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire.

The fire spread from the pole barn to an adjacent RV. Photo by J. Reed.

The fire spread from the pole barn to an adjacent RV. Photo by J. Reed.

Drake said that they believe the fire started in a southern wall of the barn. But they did not yet know a cause. “We know an electrical storm moved through prior to the event. But nothing has been ruled out,” he explained.

He said they plan to dig into and investigate the fire more this week to try to determine the cause.

Drake placed damages at $110,000, which included the barn, equipment, RV, and siding on the house.

Lupico told the Post that he used the barn as his maintenance shop. “This is pretty devastating. I lost a lot of stuff in that barn,” he said.

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Lakeside campers raise money for cancer


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Lakeside Camp Park, on White Creek Avenue in Cedar Springs, recently held their second annual Cancer Awareness Day, and raised $2,774 for the VanAndel Institute.

“Many families have been touched, affected, and their lives altered by cancer,” said Donnette Paige, of Lakeside Camp Park. “[We] are made up of seasonal campers that travel all winter. Some of the campers even live nearby. Wherever their home is or where they come from, they make up the Lakeside family—a family affected by and fighting cancer. In that spirit, Lakeside campers held their 2nd annual Cancer Awareness Day, a day to stand up and raise funds to fight this terrible disease.”

The Cancer Awareness Day included many activities: a cake walk, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and t-shirt sales.  They ended their day with a lighted balloon launch prayer service. The balloons were adorned with names of loved ones lost and those still fighting cancer.

“Lakeside Camp park appreciates all the local business support and the determination of their campers to raise funds for cancer research,” said Paige.

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