Cotton Bale Ignites Starting Warehouse Fire In East Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/21/04

Cotton Bale Ignites Starting Warehouse Fire In East Lubbock

Bales of cotton are still smoldering in East Lubbock, hours after a fire started.

It started around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at a warehouse that stores cotton in the 700 Block of East 42nd Street. A hot bale of cotton ignited and quickly spread to several others. Damage estimates are not yet available.

"We have to get smoke to clear, get the forklifts in and get the hot ones out, get them extracted and proceed and clean up," said Alan Gilman, the building maintenance man.

You'll recall, the same type of fire was sparked a month ago at the very same warehouse. It took firefighters hours to put out that blaze.

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