LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Police and the Fire Marshal's office are investigating a Monday afternoon house fire as a possible buglary-related arson.
Firefighters responded to the home on the 2200th block of 21st St. after a neighbor called 911 to report the blaze. None of the home's occupants were home at the time, except for the family's pets. Local paramedics received some media attention after using oxygen masks to revive a cat and guinea pig almost killed by smoke inhalation.
It is believed the suspects broke into the home, stole a Playstation and a few rare rifles, and then set the home on fire. Neither the family or nor neighbors say they have any ideas as to who could be responsible.
The fire engulfed most of the home. Firefighters on the scene Monday said about 80 percent of the home was affected by smoke damage.
The South Plains Red Cross is assisting the displaced family. The Lubbock Animal Shelter is currently taking care of the two pets not lost in the fire.