Lubbock Fire Investigators Release New Information on Red Door Fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/26/03

Lubbock Fire Investigators Release New Information on Red Door Fire

The fire in the Depot District broke out shortly before five Monday morning at the bar formally known as the Red Door. NewsChannel 11 was told by fire investigators a flammable material was used to start the fire, but it won't be for a couple of days until the Lubbock Fire Marshal's office knows for sure.

Fire Marshal Sharon Moore says the fire started in two places: by this sliding glass service window in the front part of the Red Door and on the other side of the front door. Moore says the circle window on the front door was broken before fire fighters arrived at the scene Monday morning.

She says her clue was that the window had wired glass, which doesn't break during a fire. When the smoke finally settled after two hours of fighting the fire Monday, Moore says she and a couple of other investigators could smell a flammable order.

Moore also said a petroleum like film was found floating on top of the water still standing inside the Red Door. Those clues were found again here, by the service window and the front door.

Fire investigators have taken those samples and will ship them to the state Fire Marshal's office in Austin. Those flammable samples were sent to Austin on Tuesday to determine if it may have been gasoline that started the fire.

Fire Marshal Moore expects results toward the end of the week. So, for right now, they are working on some leads as to who is responsible for this fire.

Fire marshals are asking that anyone who has information on the Red Door fire or the Texas Cafe fire, to call the Fire marshal's office at (806) 775-2646 or after hours at (806) 775-2635.

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