New Leads in Lockney High School Fire Investigation, Flames Reemerge - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/09

New Leads in Lockney High School Fire Investigation, Flames Reemerge

Lockney authorities say they have some leads into an overnight fire that destroyed a high school. And despite the fact that firefighters have been on the scene all day tending to hot spots, flames have now reemerged from the rubble.

Lockney is about 60 miles northeast of Lubbock, with a population of about 2,000 residents.

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

Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 they believe the fire may have started as early as 9 p.m. Sunday night. This comes after reports of smoke about that time. A Lockney Police officer confirmed smoke at the high school around 10:45 p.m.

Some 20 fire fighters from Lockney and Floydada worked for hours to put out this blaze. Both the Lockney Police Department and Floyd County Sheriff's Office also responded. By Monday afternoon, the Texas Rangers, ATF, and state fire marshals office were also on the scene, assisting in this investigation. Floyd County Sheriff Paul Raissez says the fire is possibly arson.

Attached to the high school is Lockney Junior High which authorities tell us it only received smoke damage. Lockney ISD Superintendent, Phil Cotham, says the plan is to clean up the junior high and eventually get students back inside.

High school classes are expected to resume Wednesday, inside two area churches.

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

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

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