Investigation Continues in North Overton Fires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/17/05

Investigation Continues in North Overton Fires

Four juveniles are being questioned by Police after allegedly setting two seperate fires in that North Overton.

As NewsChannel 11 was the first to tell you last night on NewsChannel 11 at 10, police arrested the juveniles just hours after the fires were put out. All four are now charged with arson.

Both fires broke out within six minutes of each other late Wednesday afternoon. The first happened at a vacant two-story house near 10th and Avenue T. The second fire destroyed a vacant apartment building near 9th and Avenue S.

Both buildings were scheduled to be demolished by McDougal Properties as part of the North Overton Renovation Project. Which begs, the question-why put out the fire? Fire investigator Bob Bailey told NewsChannel 11 the fires were a threat to nearby homes and there was also a concern about asbestos.

Once the fires were put out, crews used bulldozers to demolish them because they were a safety hazard. Thursday, all that remains is the rubble.

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