LFR called to apartment fire Friday afternoon


Updated for new information from LFR

LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Fire Rescue responded to an apartment fire in the Branchwater Apartments, 5411 4th Street. The call came in at 12:50 p.m.

Fire crews found apartment units to be “involved in fire.” Nine minutes after the initial call, firefighters called for help in the form of a second alarm. “Multiple” apartment units were affected and as of 1:30 p.m., fire crews were still working to extinguish the fire. Nearby units were evacuated

A photojournalist at the scene said part of the roof collapsed. Utilities were cut off, he also said.

“People are being asked to evacuate the complex,” he said at about 1:40 p.m.. “Smoke has worsened.”

At about 2:30 p.m. the Red Cross was spotted on scene. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. No “civilian” injuries were reported. As of 3:00 p.m., firefighting activities continued.

Our photojournalist was still working to get more information. Please check back for updates.

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