Woman escapes burning home Sunday evening - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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Woman escapes burning home Sunday evening

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman escaped a burning home just before 6:00 PM Sunday in the 1700 block of East 28th Street.  The early report is that she was taken by EMS to a local hospital just as a precaution. 

No one else was in the house although there were tense moments for firefighters as eyewitnesses were not sure if anyone else might be in the house sleeping at the time of the fire.  The woman inside was identified by a family member as Yolanda James.

"She is a single mother, worked very hard to buy her house to own a house, and to see it all go up in smoke it's sad," said James' aunt, Shirley Davis.

The Lubbock Fire Marshal's office was called to the scene, but so far no cause of the fire has been given.  "We're just hoping maybe it was something natural, something common," says Davis. "But I hope it wasn't intentionally done or maliciously done."

Firefighters struggled at first to get to the fire while avoiding power lines.  By 6:15 the fire was down to hot spots.

(Katie Bauer and Tim Honeycutt contributed to this report.)

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