Fire officials investigating cause of Starlight Apartments fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fire officials investigating cause of Starlight Apartments fire

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock fire crews are still looking into the cause of a fire that happened around 1:45 a.m. Saturday on East 23rd Street and Fir. The fire began in apartment number 7, taking the life of one man, and causing all of the other residents to be displaced temporarily.

17 people were evacuated for 5 hours, and an 87-year-old man is still getting assistance from the Red Cross since his apartment is still too smoky. The Red Cross expects him to be back in his apartment sometime on Monday.

Robert Loveless still has not released the name or gender of the victim who died.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lubbock Fire Marshall Robert Loveless says the man has yet to be positively identified and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday. The autopsy is expected to determine cause of death and provide fire investigators insight into how the fire started.

Neighbors were visibly upset after finding out about the death, hugging each other and crying in the streets.

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