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Families trying to recover after losing homes in east Lubbock County fire

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Crews work to put out hotspots following the fire in east Lubbock County on Aug. 14, 2020.  The fire occurred just outside the city limits near East 1st Place Thursday night. Crews work to put out hotspots following the fire in east Lubbock County on Aug. 14, 2020. The fire occurred just outside the city limits near East 1st Place Thursday night.
LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Hotspots continued to burn Friday afternoon following a fire in East Lubbock Thursday night.

It happened just outside the city limits on East 1st Place.

Jr. Lucero has lived in the neighborhood with his family for decades. He moved here with his parents after their home was destroyed in the 1970 tornado.

Now, disaster has struck again.

"I live two blocks away. I looked out the window, and I saw the black smoke, and I said, 'oh, that's the families' houses,'" Lucero said.

He and his son rushed over, making sure his family members were all safe, and helped put out the fire with buckets of water.

"We were just trying to keep these other houses over here from burning up. This has been my mother's house for 40 years. Unfortunately, my uncles and aunts and neighbors lost their houses," Lucero said.

It took crews about two hours to get it out. They said it started as a trash fire, then the wind spread it to grass, then to at least four other homes. In all, Lucero said six houses were affected. Two were vacant.

He said several people have already reached out and offered to help, including Precinct 3 Commissioner Gilbert Flores and District 1 Councilman Juan Chadis. At this point, Lucero said he is unsure of what comes next.

"I don't know if any of them had insurance," he said. "We're just going to have to find a way to clean up. I mean, we live on this side of town and there's really not a lot of help to this side of town. "

He also has some advice for everyone to avoid disasters like this.

"With this hot weather, the wind picking up, that is not a good combination. I will tell anybody out there cut your weeds. In order to avoid things like this, you guys need to cut your weeds. It's so dry, so make sure and clean around your house," he said.

No one was hurt in the fire. The Marshal's Office has not yet determined a cause for the trash fire.



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