NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the man killed in a weekend house fire in north Lubbock. Clifford Carter, 61, died at his home near Erskine and North Flint around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Fire investigators now believe a heater in the bathroom caused the blaze.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with Carter's sister Monday evening. One thing we learned is that Carter would have celebrated his 62nd birthday next week. His sister tells NewsChannel 11 that he lived in the home at 3009 Erskine for quite a while.
Carter grew up in Lubbock. He attended Lubbock High School until his junior year, when the family moved to Odessa. They moved back about two years later, and have been in Lubbock ever since. His sister says Carter ran a successful lawn service, and that he always worked hard, many times doing more work than what was asked. She says it's hard not knowing exactly what happened Sunday morning, but she hopes others will learn from his experience and take precautions this winter heating season.
The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office hopes the same. "We don't want people to compromise their safety to stay warm, and that happens every year, and we end up with deaths because of it, and that is tragic," Garrett Nelson with the Fire Marshal's Office said.
The Fire Marshal's Office recommends folks have their furnace checked out by a specialist each year. They also warn folks to keep three-feet of open space around space heaters, and they urge everyone to have a working smoke detector in their home.
Investigators say it doesn't appear Carter had one in his home. While they can't say it would have prevented his death, they tell NewsChannel 11 the office has never had a fire fatality at a home where there was a working smoke detector.
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