Lubbock House Fires Kept Fire Crews Busy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/06

Lubbock House Fires Kept Fire Crews Busy

House fires kept Lubbock emergency responders busy this weekend.  Crews responded to the 1700 block of 15th Street just before 10:00 a.m. Saturday.  The two people living in the home escaped uninjured.  We're told a living room is destroyed and the rest of the home has heavy smoke damage.  Investigators say a short in an air conditioner likely sparked the blaze.

Meanwhile, questions still remain about what ignited a blaze in central Lubbock.  The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. Friday at 2606 Avenue K.  A busted door raised suspicions about the cause.  

"My neighbors came and told us that this house was on fire, and I came," said Angel Rodriguez.  "The back window, fire was coming out. Glass was shattering. The trees in the back were already catching on fire."  

Rodriguez feared someone might be inside the home. 

"My first instinct was to save somebody.  When I came over here, there were people yelling to see if there was anybody inside and I ran and kicked open the door to see if there was anybody inside, but I didn't hear anybody. After that all the fire departments showed up," said Rodriguez. 

Investigators called the broken door suspicious because it had been broken into before fire fighters arrived. NewsChannel 11 told crews what Rodriguez told us. They say his statements make a difference. 

"My community, you know, I've got to help my community out. We've got to take care of our people," said Rodriguez.

The owner of the home tells us it was a rental and that the tenants were in the process of being evicted. Fire crews say there were still items inside. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, and shelter for the family.

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