East Lubbock Family Home Lost in Tuesday Night Fire

A fire Tuesday night in East Lubbock county destroyed a long time family home. The owners are now being helped by the Red Cross.

Darnell Johnson watched Tuesday night as his home turned to rubble and ashes.

            “We lost everything,” Johnson said. “When I walked outside I saw the fire coming out the side of the porch.”

            It was just after 8 Tuesday evening when the County Road 2755 house caught fire.

            “I walked in the bedroom my closet was on fire, the timber was on fire,” Johnson said. “I walked in the living room to get some water and I looked at a hole and it was on fire there. So, I start dashing water on there trying to get it out.”

            Johnson and his wife Dorothy made it out safely but fled the longtime family home empty handed.

            “It was a family property so that just adds to the emotional toll the pressure that the family was under last night,” Bill Curnow said. “Volunteers responded to the scene of the fire pretty quickly last night and worked with the family for a couple of hours to make sure that they had a safe place to go.”

            Curnow with the Red Cross said the family is having to start all over.

            “We did provide them with emergency shelter,” Curnow said. “We also provided them with a cash card so they can purchase food, clothing and coats.”

            Curnow said the blaze was intense and gave firefighters some trouble.

“So we were there at the early stages but it looked to be a pretty difficult    fire for them to work on,” Curnow said.

A neighbor told KLBK crews were there past 3 o’clock in the morning.

Wednesday when our crews went out to check on the area the fire had been reignited.  

            911 was called and firefighters were able to put out the flames. 

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