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First cotton related fire reported in the midst of ginning season

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

During ginning season cotton related fires are bound to happen and Lubbock Fire & Rescue is preparing for the unexpected, it worked several cotton related fires last year. Stored cotton produces radiant heat which can spontaneously ignite and spread rapidly. 

"I don't know if it is the different types of variety of cotton or if it is just the way they are getting ginned, " said Captain Kevin Ivy, public information officer for Lubbock Fire & Rescue. "Right now we are working on getting that one out it's got quite a bit of cotton in it and that will take a while before we get that one knocked out and get it safe were they can actually get crews in and divide it out or take it out."

Ivy is referring to the warehouse fire occurred on the east side of town Tuesday morning, since the initial call multiple crews from across the city had been out there working to put the fire out, it could take hours, days, even weeks. 

"It really just depends on where the fire is inside that place how many bales are in there and how accessible it is going to be for us to be able to get them out," said Ivy. "So we don't know right now, we are just going to speculate and try and get through the next series of shifts."

Ivy said the experience gained from battling cotton related fires will dictate the approach they will take to combat these blazes, fighting from a defensive posture safeguards fire fighters especially when tackling a warehouse blaze filled with cotton bales. 

When the flames are completely tamped out fire marshals will then go in and conduct a full investigation to determine the origin of the blaze.  

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