Big warehouse fire stops blaze probe

The investigation into a fire that destroyed a vacant home Sunday morning in Southwest Lubbock ground to a halt as the Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office began working a warehouse fire in East Lubbock on Monday afternoon.

The vacant house was located just blocks from Wolfforth’s city limits in the 9200 block of Alcove Street.

Fire crews spent more than four hours extinguishing the fire that gutted the structure and forced building inspectors to demolish the house, according to the fire marshal’s office.

Investigators said the fire started about 6 a.m. Sunday in the 1,000-square-foot house, but weren’t sure what caused the blaze.

“No further investigation has been done on it to this point, mainly because we had the big warehouse two-alarm fire,” said Robert Loveless, public information officer for the Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office. “It’s likely that it won’t go any further.”

Loveless said investigators did believe there was some human involvement in the fire.

“It was an incendiary fire, which means it had some human intervention,” he said.

The owner of the property already was in the process of demolishing the house before the fire started, according to the fire marshal’s office.

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