Fire Fund Helps Get Brenda King Back in Business - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/9/08

Fire Fund Helps Get Brenda King Back in Business

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Fire officials say someone had to have seen something prior to a two-alarm fire that destroyed one central Lubbock business and damaged others.

NewsChannel 11 crews were on the scene as fire tore through Brenda King's Sewing Studio almost a month ago. Nearly 40 Lubbock firefighters responded to the blaze in the 2800 block of 34th Street. The arson fire destroyed King's shop and damaged surrounding businesses.

However, as investigators work to piece together who started a fire in the strip mall, King's sewing machines are once again running in a place where she began her craft more than 25 years ago.

The exercise room is now where fabrics are cut and the dining room is where Brenda King transforms the loose flowing material into window decorations.  "If you don't cut it straight it won't hang straight," Brenda King, owner of King's Sewing Studio said.  

More than 25 years after King started in the business, she is once again sewing from her home. Originally, King says she started out recovering furniture in her home, and then moved to a sewing shop where she started making drapes. King opened her own sewing shop five years ago and has since made drapes and re-upholstered furniture for many in Lubbock.

However, on May 11th a two-alarm fire forced King back home. "I went over there to see if I could save anything and I found a few needles that weren't destroyed," King said.

"We had multiple entries into the building on Sunday the day the fired happened. We believe that there could have been multiple people involved," Garett Nelson with the Lubbock Fire Department said.

Nelson says the stores in the strip mall are not open for business on Sunday, the day in which the fire occurred. "People just need to connect that anything they saw here on (that) Sunday maybe very important information to us. So any activity that was here on Sunday was not activity by the people that were supposed to be here," Nelson says.

King's shop was not the only one damaged. Neighboring businesses in the strip mall also sustained smoke damage, and have since relocated temporarily. However, in King's case, relocation would not have been possible without the generous help of area citizens.

"I set up a fire fund at American State Bank and all the people who gave that's what helped me buy my machines and all my supplies," King said.

There is a $2,500 reward for information, leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who started the fire. If you have any information about who may have caused the fire on May 11th, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

5/12/08
Investigation Into Central Lubbock Fire Continues
Fire crews and the ATF spent Monday going through the rubble at a central Lubbock sewing shop, trying to find out where and how the fire began.

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