Fire destroys residence, threatens others Sunday afternoon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fire destroys residence, threatens others Sunday afternoon

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock family of seven is left homeless and five other properties are damaged from a single fire in the 5600 block of 45th Street Sunday afternoon. Officials believe the fire was caused by arching power lines, and it was the extreme windy conditions that spread the fire rapidly.

As neighbors crowded outside the massive fire, Juan and Rosemary Segovia looked on in horror as their dreams went up in smoke.

"I ran... it's unexplainable. You can't… to know that everything you worked so hard for its all gone," said Juan in between tears.

Juan grabbed his wife, and cried – both just standing across the street in disbelief. "The winds just made the flames go toward our side of the house," cried Rosemary. "We weren't in there, none of my kids were in there and my mother-in-law, we were all gone."

Instantly their hope of owning the home was ripped away. "Today we were going to talk to the landlord about buying the house," Juan said throwing up his hands as he broke down in tears again.

Besides losing their home and all their belongings the family also lost two dogs, but as the smoke cleared Juan and Rosemary were reminded they still had much to be thankful for. "I have four kids, three girls and one boy. I'm glad our family … that we weren't home when this happened, and that's all I care about is I have my family," said Juan hugging his wife.

A fund will be set up Monday in the name of Juan Segovia at all Lubbock area branches of City Bank.  Also, Grace Unlimited Baptist Church is accepting donations of personal items to help the family that was displaced.  Those interested in helping can call Rosemary at 806-831-2504.

While the Red Cross will put the family in a room for three nights, the family is in immediate need of clothing for their daughters ages 5, 7 and 18 to 24 months old, and their son 13-years-old.

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