Investigation Continues Into Weekend Fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/30/07

Investigation Continues Into Weekend Fire

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There's still no cause, but investigators say arson could be to blame for Saturday's massive fire that sent smoke billowing into the Lubbock sky.

Folks all-over town saw the pillar of smoke coming out of central Lubbock around 4:00 p.m. Saturday.  NewsChannel 11's First Alert Tower Cam caught the smoke and flames from above, while fire crews tried to douse the fire on the ground.

It took them several hours to put the fire out, and some teams stayed past nine o'clock to put out hot spots and prevent flare-ups. Those driving by say the smoke was blinding.

"I saw it driving, and all I could see were flames coming from over here, and the smoke was pretty thick, so you couldn't see anything in front of you," Christian McCoy said. 

Sunday, a pile of rubble sat on the site of the old Texas Floral Building at 2107 21st Street. We're told the old plant nursery had been vacant for about a year, still folks say it's sad to see it go.

"I came to Lubbock High my sophomore year, and we used to walk by through here and it was still here. I didn't think it would catch on fire.  It's sad; there isn't anything left," McCoy said. 

The building is next door to a home that caught fire Thursday. Investigators say that fire was intentionally set.

If you know anything about either of the fires, give the Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office a call at 775-2646.

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