LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - John Robison in the NewsChannel 11 First Alert Forecast Center says that Monday night is going to be one of the coldest and wettest nights that the South Plains has seen in a while, and that means the homeless will be seeking shelter.
The Salvation Army shelter and Carpenter's Church house many homeless people all year round, but with the impending cold weather, they expect to be at capacity. The Salvation Army is an emergency shelter and is not considered long-term.
There are those that are not able to make it to the official shelter, and they seek other shelter. This may mean vacant homes.
The fire early Saturday morning is thought to have been caused by homeless people trying to keep warm.
Garrett Nelson with the Lubbock Fire Marshall's Office says, "It burned a structure and often times we'll have vacant structures that will end up on fire because of someone making that mistake, they are cold and desperate."
If there are vacant building or homes in your neighborhood, the Fire Marshall's Office advises that you keep a close eye on them and call the authorities if you see people sneaking in to sleep. They say these fires can spread to other homes.