Fire Destroys Two Lubbock Homes, Damages Another - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/2/06

Fire Destroys Two Lubbock Homes, Damages Another

It started with just one fire in a central Lubbock backyard, and by the time it was over, it destroyed two houses, damaged one and left two families homeless. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire was on the scene when the fire broke out around 12:30pm in the afternoon in the 2300 block of 37th Street.

Firefighters say the fire started in the backyard of the center house then spread to the houses. Police had to block off traffic to help control the crowd that started to gather, but if it weren't for that crowd the homeowners may not have gotten out in time.

Just minutes after it started, curious neighbors began to run toward the smoke. It's those neighbors that alerted Ashley Gaytan that her house was in the line of fire.

"People were passing by and that's how we found out. They were knocking on the door and informed my mom there was a fire. She came outside and got the lady from that house," said Gaytan.

She lives next door to the house where firefighters say the fire started. After neighbors told them about the fire, Gaytan's mother went inside the burning house to help her neighbor who was sleeping at the time.

"I was scared because my mom was in there and I was like 'get out, get out,' but she didn't listen. She wanted to go get her."

Smoke quickly filled the area limiting visibility to less than two feet. The fire was so big and spread so quickly, firefighters had to call back up.

Gaytan's home suffered only minor damage, however the two other homes that took a lifetime to build were destroyed. Fortunately, no one was injured.

"It's sad, it's devastating. I don't wish this on anybody," said Gaytan.

A total of five people are now without homes because of the fire.

The fire marshal doesn't have an exact cause, however he said debris and brush could've been the source of the fire in the backyard.

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