East Lubbock warehouse catches fire, crews on scene for hours - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/31/10

East Lubbock warehouse catches fire, crews on scene for hours

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Dozens of firefighters worked for hours Monday evening battling a warehouse fire in East Lubbock at LCM Solutions. The fire charred a portion of the roof and there were questions about the structural integrity of the building.

Firefighters got the two alarm call around 5:30 p.m. Area property owners were notified in case this fire spread to nearby businesses. Specifically there was concern for "Bluelinx Distribution" at 702 East 44th Street because there are many wood products on site. 

Smoke could be seen billowing from the roof as 40 firefighters in four engines and two trucks responded to the fire.  "What we think is burning inside is cedar fiber and cotton seed. There is an office space that's been involved," says Fire Chief Mike Kemp.

The blaze caused what firefighters call significant fire and smoke damage to the warehouse LCM Solutions leases. Parts of the building burned for almost two hours. Chief Kemp says his crews tackled the blaze from the outside. "When a fire has gone for a good amount of time like this one has you start worrying about metal fatigue and collapse so we did pull people out and took the defensive," says Chief Kemp.

EMS was on the scene and fire crews rotated in and out of rehab to make sure they stayed hydrated. The Fire Marshall's Office will lead the investigation into what caused the fire. There were no reports of injuries on the scene.

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