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     September 27, 2019      #1C-270 SsK

Jack Klasey: Lassers Furniture fire was one of

Jack Klasey: el fuego del mueble láser fue uno de

By Jack Klasey

When Kankakee police Lt. George Tierney drove his patrol car down the Schuyler Avenue hill at 5:12 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 1962, downtown Kankakee was peaceful and quiet. It didn’t stay that way.

Only a minute or two later, Tierney received a radio message of an explosion in the 100 block of South Schuyler Avenue. Reversing course, he could see flames rearing skyward from the four-story Lassers Furniture building at 160 S. Schuyler Ave.

Firefighters arrived at the scene in minutes (the city’s central fire station at Oak Street and Indiana Avenue was just two blocks away), but ...

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