Investigators Still Unsure Who Died in Lubbock County House Fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/06

Investigators Still Unsure Who Died in Lubbock County House Fire

Friends and family members still don't know if their loved one, 19-year-old Travis Roberston, was inside a house that burned down Thursday afternoon. It happened around four o'clock south of Buffalo Springs Lake at 8501 County Road 3060. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire spoke with friends of Roberston and has this report.

All Friday afternoon, the State Fire Marshall's Office and ATF agents were trying to find out what caused the fire. The Lubbock County Medical Examiners Office started conducting an autopsy on the body found inside. They know the cause of death is smoke inhalation and burns, however, they won't know for sure until Monday if it is Travis Robertson. Friends and Slaton High School classmates fear it was Robertson who was inside.

Twenty-four hours after Travis Robertson's house broke out in flames, investigators still couldn't confirm if the body found inside was Robertson. Friends Ascension Martinez and Talitha DeLeon say no one has seen or heard from him since the fire, and they now act as though he's a memory.

"I'm going to miss him. I've known him for a long time and he was a great guy," said Martinez.

"I wish y'all could've known him," said DeLeon. "He would've touched your life. He really would."

DeLeon and Martinez say Robertson had a kind heart and will be remembered with smiles.

"He was a really funny person. He'll have a lot of memories for us to talk about, things like that," commented Martinez.

"There's not one bad memory of him, not one," remembered DeLeon.

They say collections of books and movies likely went up in flames along with the house, as he loved to read and watch movies. "That's all he would ever talk about was books and movies," said DeLeon. "He wanted to go to school and learn how to be a producer so he could produce his own movies. He would always tell us he wanted us to be in his movies and we're like, 'Travis, okay!'"

Before the tragedy, Robertson had dreams of going to film school. DeLeon says he was determined and believes one day that dream would've become reality. "Not dreams, but goals," said DeLeon. "He was going to reach them, he was determined to reach them."

The house is a total loss and to help the Robertson family two funds have been set up. You can make donations at any Citizens Bank or American State Bank, just ask for the Robertson Family Fund.

Investigators still don't know what caused the fire. ATF agents say because of the extensive damage done to the house it could be days before they can collect enough evidence to determine how the fire started and where. Friends say they think Travis was cooking something and that's what may have sparked the fire.

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