String of arsons in Central Lubbock, Thanksgiving weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

String of arsons in Central Lubbock, Thanksgiving weekend

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By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Four fires in the Melonie Park neighborhood appear to be related and also appear to be arson, according to the Lubbock Fire Department.  During the Thanksgiving weekend fires were set to three fences and one jeep in the 4000 block of 68th Street, 7000 block of Miami, 3700 block of 69th and 3800 block of 69th

Neighborhood resident Spencer Thomas says the jeep was family project. "My dad has poured hours into it.  And whenever you wake up the morning before Thanksgiving and it's all gone in just a matter of minutes it's very, very frustrating," Spencer says.

"But I guess you have to be thankful that it didn't harm the house or anything.  Everybody was safe at the end of the day," Spencer continues.  "There's been a few fires in the neighborhood.  It's been pretty frustrating.  It wasn't a lot of fun to find that Thanksgiving morning."

Three of the four fires were set during nighttime hours. 

Were these random acts or was someone targeted?  "I couldn't tell that anyone had been targeted," says Robert Loveless with the Lubbock Fire Marshal's office.  "It looked like people were roaming around the neighborhood."

Each fire could be charged as a second degree felony, Loveless says.  As such the penalty could be 2 to 20 years in prison for anyone convicted. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the office of Lubbock Fire Marshal at 775-2646.

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