LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) - One person died in a fire that broke out in an apartment building in the 300 Block of Phelps Avenue in downtown Littlefield Friday afternoon. Littlefield fire crews arrived on scene around 3:30 p.m.
The Littlefield fire crew tells KCBD that when they got there smoke was pouring from south side of the top floor, and when they got into the building, flames has spread from the room the fire started in. "We tried to make entry into it to check for the victim that we were told was in there, and the fire had already spread too far for us to make contact," Littlefield Assistant Fire Chief Danny Short said.
Short says the fire started on the south end of the building, but then it spread through the attic and across the top floor. The building has several layers of roofing, which made it hard to get to where the fire was. They had to call in Amherst, Levelland, and Sudan fire crews to help.
Witnesses say the flames spread fast. "It just started at one side and ended up on the other side, and as old as the building was it caught fire pretty quickly; it didn't take long for it to catch on fire as bad as it did," Jacob Camacho said.
It took crews until early this morning to douse the flames. Short says the State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate. There was no word Saturday evening as to what sparked the blaze. The Red Cross is assisting others who lived in the apartment building.
The Littlefield Fire Department directed KCBD to the Littlefield Police Department to confirm the victim's name. We are waiting on a call back from the police chief before we release that information.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 will keep you up to date as we get more details.
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