Another cotton warehouse fire smolders, under investigation in East Lubbock

Lubbock Fire Rescue crews are battling at least the third large cotton warehouse fire in recent weeks in East Lubbock

 

Lubbock Fire Rescue crews continued working Monday to monitor and contain a cotton warehouse caught fire that was reported early Sunday morning in East Lubbock.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. Sunday, LFR received a 911 call reporting the fire at the warehouse in the 700 block of East 42nd Street after the night watchman discovered the blaze, according to a statement from LFR.

Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke and fire. After a brief offensive attack, officials said a defensive operation began due to falling cotton bales.

Multiple fire crews were on scene through Sunday and into Monday, when thick smoke continued pouring from the north side of the structure. This was at least the third large cotton warehouse fire Lubbock Fire Rescue crews have battled in recent weeks in East Lubbock, including in the 4000 block of Locust Avenue and the 700 block of 44th Street. Although the fires were still smoldering and remained under investigation Monday, LFR officials and Steve Verett, vice president of Plains Cotton Growers in Lubbock, said lingering dry conditions are likely contributing to the uptick in fires at cotton facilities.

It was not immediately clear what caused Sunday’s fire, which remained under investigation by late Monday.

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