Fire breaks out at Hunter's Way apartment complex - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fire breaks out at Hunter's Way apartment complex


Several are homeless after a fire ripped through a west Lubbock apartment complex around 9:15 Thursday night.  

Eight units were damaged at the Hunter's Way apartment complex at 5550 56th street, according to the Lubbock Red Cross.

Walt Buyea said he had the lights off to watch the lightning when it struck too close to home.

"We heard a pop," he said.

Then he and Dawn Buyea smelled smoke.

"We finally went in the laundry room and opened the door," Walt continued. "You could see fire coming from behind the washer and dryer."

Dawn said they wasted no time getting out.

"It literally took about two minutes from the time we saw the flames that the apartment was actually filled with smoke," she said.

Neighbors rushed to help once they saw flames.

"We started knocking on everybody's door making sure everybody was out," Talia Raines said.

Raines said they did wake a few people up, but everyone made it out.

"It was scary. We were worried that it would hit the houses and some people were inside," said Lyra Raines.

Firefighters from across the Hub City were brought in to battle the flames.

The rain we so desperately needed came with intense lightning. KCBD NewsChannel 11's lightning tracker showed around 1,000 strikes in a five minute period.

It was those elements that made it increasingly difficult for responders whose resources were already exhausted. 

"We've been down to zero units available. We've called back three mutual aid departments," said Lubbock Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless. 

There were no reports of any injuries to the tenants. Loveless said one firefighter was treated for a minor injury, possibly an ankle sprain.

After the fire was put out, and the smoke lingered, people living there realized some of their memories may be lost. 

"Wedding rings were left in there. Clothes, pictures, some of the things you can get back," Walt continued. "Furniture and TVs you can replace, but some of the other things- you can't really replace them." 

The Lubbock Red Cross and Salvation Army responded to help victims and fire crews. We'll continue to bring you all the latest updates as they become available.

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