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Fire Damages Toy Project Office

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Officials are trying to figure out what sparked an early morning fire in Lansing.

It started shortly after 6 a.m. on Martin Luther King near Woodgate on the city's southwest side.

The R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project went up in flames Tuesday morning, but officials say they were able to control it within 15 minutes and keep the damage contained to one area. The fire heavily damaged the building's roof, plus some of the toys inside.

"We'll have to talk to some kind of restoration company to find out what we can do for the toys," said Larry Koster, the workshop leader for R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project, not sure of just how much damage was done to the toys. "We'll have a better idea when we start clean up [Wednesday], probably Thursday, probably Friday."

Firefighters say the building was closed at the time and no one was hurt.

Many of the toys, headed for the likes of Ele's Place or the CS Mott Children's Hospital are now smoke damaged or broken, many are still in good enough shape to repair.

Crews say with the amount of wood in the building, it's a miracle there wasn't more damage.

"We got here, we made a quick attack," said Battalion Chief Jeff Hanna. "We did a quick search, found nobody. It went out pretty quick and crews are cleaning up."

The project is a non-profit and counts on donations to get toys, supplies and pay other expenses. If you'd like to help the group get back on its feet, you can send your contribution to R.J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project, P.O. Box 23181, Lansing, MI 48909.

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