Lansing artists mourn loss of a friend and a space that offered 'immediate community'
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Lansing artists mourn loss of a friend and a space that offered ‘immediate community’

John Bolan was found dead after a fatal fire at the Lansing Eastside Gateway small business incubator, Lansing Fire Department said. Lansing State Journal LANSING — The Lansing Eastside Gateway was a "safe place," a haven for free expression, according to local artists who sold their work at the business incubator. That sense of safety was shattered when a fire broke out at the building in the 600 block of E. Kalamazoo Street early Sunday. The building was a total loss. It’s not clear if the Gateway will reopen. The fire destroyed handmade products and artworks inside the building, but vendors say that setback was negligible in the face of the death of John Bolan, 43 , who worked at the Gateway. Bolan was found dead inside. Victor Ruiz of Lansing brings a wreath to hang on the security fence outside of the Eastside Gateway Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2019, to honor his brother-in-law John Bolan, who died Sunday morning from a fire at the small business incubator. (Photo: Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal) "Nobody’s focused on the material stuff or the financial stuff," said Bridget Doyle, who sold skincare products at the Gateway. "The loss of life was […]

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