Fire Destroys 8 of 16 Apartments - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/08

Fire Destroys 8 of 16 Apartments

The fire call came into the Lubbock Fire Department at 6:54 p.m. Sunday Night. In the minutes that followed, the fire grew into a three alarm fire with more than 50 fire fighters battling the blaze.

"Very preliminary, it started on the outside of the structure somehow. We're looking into that and that's why we called the fire marshal's office out here. It went up the outside and got in the attic space which caused it to travel down the attic space of the apartment complex on the second floor. Then it came out through the roof," said Lubbock Fire Chief Rhea Cooper.

Cooper adds that of the 16-unit apartment building, three of the apartments were destroyed by the three alarm fire.

He said, "No injuries and no deaths, but we do have heavy fire damage in three of the units and we have smoke and water damage in some of the other units."

There was confusion on the scene among complex residents as to how the fire started and where. Some said the person who lived in the apartment where the fire originated was home - some said they weren't. The fire marshals office is working to determine the cause.

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