Arrests Made in Multiple Fires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/16/05

Arrests Made in Multiple Fires

Four juveniles are have been booked into the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center. Lubbock police say they are connected to the central Lubbock fires that started around 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

Both happened just a hundred yards apart near 9th Street and Avenue S. Lubbock investigators are looking into arson. The fire became so dangerous while firefighters were working that they had to call everyone away from the apartments for a potential collapse. Because these buildings are so dangerous, fire officials decided to bulldoze them to the ground.

The first witness that called 9-1-1 said, "My wife and kid and I were looking at McDougal's stuff and we saw flames. We looked to see if anyone was running out, but we didn't. Then we saw flames from the bottom and we called fire."

Lubbock fire got on scene five minutes later, they saw more smoke about a hundred yards away. Steve Odorizzi said, "Crews arrived and it was fully involved in fire. The commander saw smoke and called in a second alarm."

Both buildings were due to be demolished, both are in the Overton Park area and are under the ownership of McDougal Realtors.

Two-to-three years ago McDougal properties had trouble with suspicious fires, but Mayor Mark McDougal told us this is the first fire they've had since the last string of fires.

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