Fire injures one and displaces five families - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/17/09

Fire injures one and displaces five families

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One Lubbock firefighter is hurt and five families are now homeless Tuesday night following an apartment fire. 

Witnesses tell NewsChannel 11 that a grass fire spread to the Raleigh Place Apartments near 21st and Raleigh Avenue. 

The fire was in the attic of the five apartments, and was not inside the living areas, but firefighters tell NewsChannel 11 that the damage was still extensive. "It scattered from that little piece (of grass) and all the way back here. I'm talking about the bushes, everything - just caught on fire like that.  I've never seen anything like that before, I've never seen it," said eyewitness and neighbor David Martinez.

Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, fire spread from a nearby grassy area to the outer wall of the apartments.  The Lubbock Fire Department is not sure of a cause. "We pulled ceiling down (to get to the fire) and we had to pull sheet rock and when we did that we actually did damage to the apartment trying to get water into the attic," said Deputy Chief Chris Angerer.

While trying to battle the blaze, one Lubbock firefighter was injured.  "In the process we also had a firefighter who was pulling ceiling in there and had sheet rock fall down on top of him. As a precaution we have taken him to the hospital for x-rays and just for observation to make sure he's okay," Angerer said.

Sara Rubio lives in the apartments. "My husband went over there and opened the door and it was bright orange. That's all you could see was bright orange, and he's like 'get the kids, get the kids, get out, get out!'"

If you have any information on specifically how the fire started, please call the Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office at 775-2646.

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