LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Investigators now believe cigarettes tossed over a fence led to an apartment fire that displaced five families Tuesday night.
Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses reported the fire started in the grass outside the Raleigh Place condos at 21st and Raleigh. The flames then spread to the building and into the attic.
"Some of them may be able to return home, some of them may not. So many of them may be forced with looking for a new place to live. The damage in some of the apartments is pretty extensive and it's gonna take quite a while for it to be repaired," said Bill Curnow with the local chapter of the Red Cross.
Curnow says the Red Cross will make sure the homeless families have a hotel and meals for three days, but after that it's up to friends, family or the rest of the community to help out.
One of the firefighters was treated for minor injuries, after he was struck by falling sheet rock.
Fire injures one and displaces five families
One Lubbock firefighter is hurt and five families became homeless following an apartment fire in central Lubbock Tuesday night.