Suspicious Fire Destroys Four Apartments - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/05

Suspicious Fire Destroys Four Apartments

Four families are displaced after a fire, that authorities say wasn't an accident. It happened at an apartment complex in Southeast Lubbock around 10 on Monday night.

The River Oaks Villa apartment complex is where firefighters were called last night, to put out a blaze that spread to four apartments. Only one person was home at the time of the fire, resident, Julia DelaSantos was trapped on the second story. Firefighters were able to rescue her by ladder and she taken to University Medical Center for treatment. She was released on Tuesday. The fire apparently started upstairs but quickly spread to four apartments, damaging them all with fire, smoke and later water.

The estimated damage at this time is about $100,000. This fire is under investigation, but according to the Fire Marshall's office it does not appear to be an accident.

In the meantime, two of the displaced families are receiving help through the American Red Cross. NewsChannel 11 spoke with the Red Cross and they say both families are getting shelter, food and clothing assistance at this time. Monetary donations are being accepted. If you would like to help, call the Red Cross local disaster relief fund at (806) 765-8534.

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Learn more about the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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