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Texas Tech offers resources for students during times of crisis

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Three Texas Tech students are trying to recover after losing their home to a fire Thursday afternoon.

Flames and smoke engulfed the home, located near 18th and Raleigh.

Sydney Suss and her sister were heading home to Austin when they got the call.

"Apparently, the fire happened around 1:36, we had just left here around 1:25, and then we got a call about 20 or 30 minutes later when we were out of the loop, and apparently there had been a fire," Suss said.

Lubbock Fire Rescue had to collapse the ceilings to put it out. The Fire Marshal could not determine an exact cause.

No one was hurt, but Suss, her sister and their roommate lost clothes, food and textbooks.

Matt Gregory, Tech's Dean of Students, said the university has reached out to them to see how it can help.

"As soon as a student is able to contact us and tell us that they're in need, whatever it might be, whether its a house fire or not for sure where they're going to get their next meal or don't have a place to stay that night...reach out, we'll be able to get our services and resources that are available to students going," Gregory said.

One resource is the Raider Relief Fund. It provides emergency funds to students in a financial crisis which can go toward rent, utilities, food, books and other essentials.

Raider Red's Food Pantry is also another option for students who need food. 

Gregory said the Office of the Dean of Students can also connect students to off-campus resources. Whatever the need may be, he encourages students to contact his office.

"We want our students to be successful," he said. "In cases of a student having some very basic fundamental needs, they have to have their shelter, clothing, food, all those basic needs met before they can expect to be successful academically, so that is part of what the Office of the Dean of Students does."

The students have no family in the area, and all three turned down support from the American Red Cross. Suss said she and her sister will work to replace what they have lost.

"I don't really want to ask anything of anyone. I just would love it if everyone holds your family tight and prays and thanks life for what we have, because that's what really matters here," Suss said.

For a list of other crisis support and reporting resources at Texas Tech, click here.

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