LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A massive fire in Tulia completely destroys a downtown business. NewsChannel 11's Nicole Pesecky was there while dozens of firefighters worked to put out the blaze.
The call came out just before 10 a.m. Tuesday that one of the Dollar Generals in Tulia was filled with smoke. Once firefighters arrived the store was engulfed in flames and just a few hours later the building was completely charred as the smell of smoke lingered in the air.
Dozens of volunteers rushed to Tulia's aid to do their part after the blaze ignited. Almost 50 residents volunteered their time, donated money to feed firefighters and provided water at a rehab center in Tulia.
Wet towels were also provided for firefighters to cool off after hours of fighting flames. "In the larger communities sometimes you don't see this outpouring of community and that's what makes the small town that's why we are still here," said volunteer Debbie King.
The fire was put out around noon, but was still smoldering hours later as the state Fire Marshall's Office investigates the cause. The Fire Marshall's didn't suspect any foul play. Another building was destroyed by the blaze, but it was used for storage. Four other buildings had heavy smoke damage.
Several local agencies and surrounding cities, including Tulia, Happy, Nazareth, Kress and Canyon, worked together to keep the flames under control. Several blocks and streets were barricaded during the fire, but have since reopened to the public.
Ironically, there is a brand new Dollar General built about a month ago that is expected to be opening soon.
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