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West Lubbock fire caused by explosion

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The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office is now saying a 2-alarm fire at a home in West Lubbock Tuesday was caused by an explosion and will be investigated as arson.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire just before 1 p.m. at a home in the 5000 block of 27th Street. The fire was put out in about 20 minutes.

"The 911 calls came in as a report of a transformer explosion so initially that's what we believed the call was. Our normal response for a transformer explosion or similar type calls is one fire engine, so engine 7 was dispatched on this call. While engine 7 was en route apparently EMS arrived on scene. They reported there was fire and smoke through the roof of the structure," said Captain Nick Wilson with Lubbock Fire Rescue. "Due to the heavy involvement of fire in this structure, a second alarm was called at this time bringing the total to ten units on scene along with support staff and other support vehicles."

Officials say one person was transported to the hospital with burn injuries. The home has severe fire and smoke damage.

"The best I can describe right now is as a town home. It's one structure but there may be multiple living units within this structure. It's hard to tell either a town home, duplex, quadruplex, exactly how I haven't seen the whole thing how it's laid out but I would characterize it as a multi-family dwelling," said Captain Wilson.

The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office is requesting anyone with any video, pictures, or information regarding this to call Crime Line at 741-1000 or the Fire Marshals Office at 775-2646.

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