LFR: Possible arson fire reported at Lubbock apartment complex

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Fire Rescue responded to a fire in the 4600 block of 52nd Street around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night.

According to LFR, the fire was possibly arson. The fire started in a dumpster and spread to Lubbock Lakeway Apartments.

There had been no injuries reported as of 10:20 p.m. The Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating the fire, according to LFR.

The apartment fire wasn’t the only fire to take place Tuesday afternoon. Lubbock Fire Rescue said the first fire of the night occurred at 35th street near Elgin Ave. Fire officials said someone set fire to a mattress just before 9 p.m. The fire occurred in an alleyway.

The second fire happened at 54th St., just a few blocks from the apartment fire. LFR said a boat had been set on fire between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday. Homeowners were able to put the fire out before crews arrived.

Jennie Reyna, a resident at the apartment complex, said she tried to help their neighbors as the homes continued to burn.

“We banged on doors and called 9-1-1 made sure, tried to make sure everyone was out and everyone was accounted that lives here,” Reyna said.

Reyna said Lubbock Fire Rescue arrived quickly, and they were able to contain the fire before it continued to spread.

“Their homes have just been taken away. We first thought it was electrical but it wasn’t. It was intentional. We don’t know who started the fire but they’re not here anymore. I mean, thank God that they’re fine now but it could have been much worse,” Reyna said.

The three fires are one of nine fires to occur in less than 10 days. The first six fires occurred in central Lubbock neighborhoods in alleyways.

The Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office requests that anyone with information call their office at 806-775-2646.

This is a developing story, please check back with EverythingLubbock.com for updates.

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