Early Morning Fire Destroys Bar in Depot District - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/03

Early Morning Fire Destroys Bar in Depot District

An early morning fire destroyed the bar formally known as The Red Door on the corner of 18th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue.

Investigators have spent most of the day (Monday) inside sifting through the rubble trying to find out what was the cause of this fire.

The fire started around 4:40 Monday morning. Witnesses say firefighters were battling 10 foot flames and heavy smoke. "We initially went in to make an interior attack, but because of the type of construction of the building we were afraid it got into the roof. So we pulled our people out. And just a matter of minutes the roof came down on the structure," said Royce Ethridge, District Fire Chief.

Ethridge told us a Lubbock Power and Light employee was the only person hurt. The employee was shutting off electricity when the roof caved in. The man jumped from his cherry picker basket to avoid getting burned. Ethridge said the injured man was taken to University Medical Center where the employee was treated and released.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to two other buildings, including Hub City Brewery. The brewery did have minor smoke damage. Don Caldwell, one of the owners of the brewery, showed up and was relieved to see the minor damage. "I'm thrilled to death nothing happened to the Hub City Brewery. But, you really hate to see something happen to a fellow businessman that's bad for them," said Caldwell.

According the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission or TABC, the Red Door shut it's doors three weeks ago due to a liquor law violation. Investigators are not calling this fire suspicious although they are curious as to how a building that's not in operation caught fire to begin with.

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