Two fires occurred locally in less than 24-hours of each other. Lubbock Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the first fire at 10:22 p.m. in the 1500 block of 34th Street on Tuesday, December 13. KAMC news reported that the fire did cause some portions of the area to be closed off until early morning Wednesday, December 14. The fire did occur in an abandoned building and caused extensive damage to the facility.
The next fire required multiple West Lubbock County fire stations to be dispatched to assist in putting out the fire. Volunteer firefighters with Shallowater, West Carlisle and Wolfforth were dispatched to Eastern Hockley County at 10:45 a.m., December 14th. Large black smoke clouds could be seen billowing from the home while firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames.
KAMC news reported that Hockley County Sheriff, Ray Scifres, stated that emergency crew officials were notified of a possible person inside the home but were unable to confirm that information. Sometime after emergency crews were battling the blaze a body was discovered deceased in that home fire. As per the publishing of this article, it is currently unknown if that person died due to the fire or other causes and the identity of the victim has not been confirmed.
An autopsy on the victim is set for Thursday, December 15, and once completed would allow for further information in this fire to be released. The cause of both fires is still unknown and are under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office.