Lockney High School Still Smoldering at Midday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/09

Lockney High School Still Smoldering at Midday

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There were no classes in Lockney at midday, as investigators work to determine the cause of an overnight fire.

Lockney is about sixty miles northeast of Lubbock, with a population of about two-thousand residents.

NewsChannel 11 first told viewers about the fire that destroyed Lockney High School on Daybreak Today.

School at Lockney High school ordinarily starts at 8:15 a.m., but not Monday. Faculty met at the elementary school to discuss where high school classes should be held. Meanwhile, students gathered to pray. Many of them watched their school go up in flames, hours earlier. 

"Goodbye Lockney High," said Brett Johnson, a Lockney High School senior. He was among many Lockney residents wrapped in blankets and dressed in warm coats as the landmark burned into the night. "Parents, grand-parents... everyone had graduated from this school."

Amateur video from Ramon Casarez and Carlos Riojas showed Lockney and Floydada firefighters battle the blaze. It took several hours to bring the fire under control. As of noon Monday, the school was still smoldering.

Floyd County Sheriff, Paul Raissez, says the school is a total loss, and may have been caused by arson. "It started on the second floor and it just moved across to the north, and came down the first floor."

The amateur video also shows students trying to save pictures, sporting goods and equipment from inside the school.

"Instruments out of the band hall... and trying to get all the remaining pictures out," said Heather Brock, a Lockney High School senior.

"(We) tried to save everything out of the Junior High School," added Johnson. "Ball inventory, stuff anything of value that we need."

"(We'll) rally around this and we'll get our school put back together," said Lockney superintendent, Phil Cotham. "We'll have a school in Lockney."

If anyone has any information about this fire, you are asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff at (806) 983-4901.

Classes are expected to resume Wednesday, at area churches.

Stay with NewsChannel 11 and KCBD.com for the latest updates on this developing story. 

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