Possible Person Of Interest In Lockney High School Fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/09

Possible Person Of Interest In Lockney High School Fire

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As of Monday evening, some parts of Lockney High School have reignited, but officials remain on the scene to put out any hot spots. At this hour, authorities say the fire may be arson and are following up leads. Meanwhile, school is expected to be back in session Wednesday at local churches.

Lockney is about 60 miles from Lubbock and is home to just more than 2,000 people. We first told you about this story on Daybreak Today Monday morning. Late Monday evening sources confirmed that they are looking at a person of interest in this case.

Officials on the scene in Lockney say the school is once again on fire. Meanwhile, authorities say the fire may have started as early as 9 p.m.; however it was not until just before 11 p.m. Sunday when a Lockney police officer discovered smoke coming from the school.

Schools are typically places where questions are answered. But many unanswered questions now hang over Lockney High School as investigators work to piece together how the blaze started. "Don't know if it was one person or multiple persons involved in this arson," Floyd County Sheriff Paul Raissez said.

On Monday, Texas Rangers, ATF agents and deputies from the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to help investigate. Meanwhile, firefighters worked to put out hot spots.

Floyd County Sheriff Raissez says Saturday night someone reported a fire in a trash can at the back of the school. "We're thinking that there is a link between that," Raissez said.

Some 20 firefighters from Floydada and Lockney sprayed water on the Lockney landmark for hours.  Lockney High School and Junior High are connected to each other. Authorities say the high school was destroyed, while smoke damaged junior hall halls.

Still as the American flag flies at half-staff, investigators continue efforts to answers questions that now hang on many hearts. If anyone has any information about this fire you are asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff, that number is (806) 983-4901.

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