Firefighters Battle Two Structure Fires on Monday in Howard County

By Mike Henry
KBYG News – Special to NewsWest 9

Firefighters were busy on Monday morning after battling two structure fires.

Around 1 am, county and city crews were called out to a house fire at 1107 Jeffery Road, south of Big Spring.

Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan tells KBYG news that when fire fighters arrived on the scene, just moments after the call, the occupied home was fully engulfed.

Family members were able to get out of the house safely, but one member, Eddie Spivey, attempted to go back in and was badly burned.  He was airlifted from the scene and taken to Lubbock.

His condition is not known at this time, but we are told he suffered burns over his back and arms.  The home was a total loss for the Spivey family.

Officials say the cause of the fire was an electrical short from an outlet in the home's garage.

Later Monday morning, Howard County Volunteer firefighters were called out to another structure fire. The fire was located north of Big Spring on Hernandez Road, just off of north FM 700.

In this case, the property owner was burning trash and some embers left the container and caught brush on fire and that spread to a nearby unoccupied mobile home.

According to Sullivan, no one was hurt but the trailer was a total loss.