Four children were killed after a residence caught fire late Wednesday south of Wolfforth, Lubbock County officials said.
On Wednesday, just before 11 p.m., multiple volunteer fire departments were called to reports of a structure fire at the 14000 block of County Road 1430. Later, on Thursday morning, officials said four children died.
The children’s ages ranged from 1 to 7 years old.
On Thursday afternoon, Wesley Lance Harvey, 28, was arrested for abandoning or endangering a child, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office said.
Harvey was the father of three of the four children, the sheriff’s office said. He also lived at the residence.
The Frenship Independent School District confirmed Thursday that one child was a student there. The children’s names have not been released.
The following is an updated statement from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office:
The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a structure fire in the 14000 block of County Road 1430, at approximately 11:00 pm on 11-7-18.
Deputies along with Wolfforth and Carlisle Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services located four children inside the residence and attempted lifesaving measures. Four young children from one year old to seven years are deceased.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire and any pending criminal charges.
We will continue to update as this investigation continues.
The following is a statement from Frenship Independent School District:
The Frenship ISD family shares our deepest condolences as we grieve today with those who experienced tragic loss in last night’s house fire.
We extend our love and deepest sympathies to the families affected as we carry the burden of this tragedy together.