Police Search For Information In Burglary/Arson Of Lubbock Daycare - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/18/05

Police Search For Information In Burglary/Arson Of Lubbock Daycare

"We were just going to McDonalds at about 4:30. On the way back, we saw a couple of flames shooting out the window, so we got on her cell phone and called the cops," said Brady Foster. He was with a group of teens who first noticed the fire.

"We arrived, found the building with fairly heavy smoke conditions. We made initial entry into the building, but high heat conditions forced us out," said Lubbock Fire Department Lt. Doyce Ewing.

"We now know what actually was going on is we had fire in the attic. They got in a little ways and because of heat, had to pull out about then, the roof started collapsing. We're glad their instincts told them to get out," said Deputy Fire Marshall Garett Nelson.

"This particular fire was pretty hot, developed pretty rapidly," said Lt. Ewing.

Once the fire was out, authorities began investigating the area and discovered a TV and other electronics abandoned just feet away from the building.

"We might of had a burglary and an arson to cover up a burglary," said Nelson.

"No one is going to be able to replace it... it's just that way," said Hilda Garcia, owner of Broad Horizons. "It makes me think that this area is not safe anymore."

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"The damage sustained to the structure is probably going to total the structure. The main thing is we didn't get anyone hurt out here this is a pretty dangerous type fire and we were fortunate we didn't have anybody hurt," said Lt. Ewing.

Garcia described the ordeal as "a bad dream... something that you hope never happens and it did.'

The fire leaves more than 130 children displaced and 22 employees, temporarily out of work. Ninety-percent of the children that attended Broadway Horizons come from Child Care Services. Parents of those children should contact C.C.P. to find another daycare to send their children to on Monday.

Meanwhile, authorities need your help with information. If you saw anything after midnight in the area of 50th and Avenue T, you're asked to call Deputy Fire Marshall Garett Nelson at 775-2646.

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