Cristo Rey Workers Find Way to Work Despite Fire

By: Kim Russell
By: Kim Russell

Crews are working long hours to clean up the mess left by a suspicious fire Thursday morning at the Cristo Rey Community Center. The damage destroyed the building's new medical center, which serves many of Lansing's low income residents.

"Whoever did this made a great inconvenience to the low income people of our community and I can see no purpose in it," says Paul Stevenson. He's been a patient at the center for seven years and depends on it for care. He says there are no other local places to go to other than emergency rooms.

Workers at the center say they know there are many others in Stevenson's position. While staff members are asking patients with non-urgent appointments to re-schedule, they are still treating as many people as they can in offices not destroyed by the blaze and in a medical bus provided by the Ingham County Health Department.

Meanwhile Cristo Rey Executive Director John Roy Castillo says he is looking for a building where the Medical Clinic can temporarily be set up while the fire damage is repaired. That could last as long as six months.

Fire Investigators say they will know by Monday afternoon what caused the fire. They have narrowed down the cause to either electrical or arson.

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