Fire Serves As Warning to Clean Trash Around Your Home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/06

Fire Serves As Warning to Clean Trash Around Your Home

The fire started around 1 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of County Road 2378 and 7030. Firefighters say 300 to 400 tires were piled up right next to a building that burned down. They don't know how the fire started but they say it could have been prevented from spreading. They say anytime you have that kind of debris along with hot temperatures and dry weather conditions, you could very well start a fire or spread one that's already started.

Wolfforth Fire Chief Charles Addington says, "Clean up your stuff." Firefighters say that message could prevent other fires.

"When you pile 300-400 tires next to your property you get an extremely high fire level. That hot flame went right into the building," says Addington.

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Neighbor Don Smith claims its been a problem for some time. "Nobody will fine them. Nobody will clean it up. You know this has been going on for four years, since we've been here," he says.

Neighbors in the area say they have complained to county officials but the junk remains. "It's partially taken care of now that it is burnt down. It's just a shame that something like this has to happen for it to get the attention of anybody down at the county," says Smith.

It is still uncertain how the fire started but firefighters say with little water supply and man power, they are lucky they only lost a pile of debris and a building. Smith says, "We don't have a nice house. We're just regular working people and you know it's not much but it's all we got and it would be a shame if we end up losing our house over something like that."

Firefighters say they were unaware of the debris that was being piled up on the property. They do say debris and trash are a major fire hazard and it is also against code enforcement law to keep debris in your yard. If you do see a fire hazard in your neighborhood you are asked to contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

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