Apartments evacuated, Red Cross responds to large fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Apartments evacuated, Red Cross responds to large fire

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock firefighters were called out just before noon Thursday to the Twin Oaks Apartments in the 5800 block of 22nd street.  Thirty apartment units, with an estimated 40 residents are displaced.

Fire was seen shooting through the roof and heavy black smoke could be seen from miles around.    

There are no reports of injuries, and residents were evacuated from the building for safety.  As the fire spread, it caused a roof collapse.  On the scene accounts indicate that one building on the apartment complex was completely destroyed.

The Red Cross responded and spokesman Bill Curnow says this is the biggest fire he's ever worked as a Red Cross volunteer.  A nearby Dominoes Pizza restaurant donated pizza and was passing it out to displaced residents.  There was at least some indication that other national chains were doing likewise for the residents.

St. John Neumann Church opened its gymnasium as a gathering place, and the Salvation Army responded to provide water and other supplies to firefighters. 

During the fire, video shows ordinary residents helping firefighters large water hoses from the fire trucks to fire hydrants.  In at least one case an ordinary citizen was helping direct traffic around the firetrucks.  Also during the fire, traffic was backed up on West Loop 289 in the area near the fire and officials were diverting traffic. 

We'll continue to have updates on and video tonight on KCBD NewsChannel 11 at ten. 

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