Teenager recalls moments leading up to house fire near 70th and

Teenager recalls moments leading up to house fire near 70th and University

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Fire Rescue and EMS were called to the area of 70th and University in response to a house fire. 

LFR Chief Steve Holland was able to confirm four people were in the home at the start of the fire and two victims were taken to the hospital with severe burn injuries. One was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Firefighters removed a 70-year-old male and a disabled women in her mid-40's. 16-year-old Faith Zapata escaped on her own. 

She tell us she first noticed something was wrong when her TV and internet went out. Then the smell of smoke caused her to check the back of the house.

"I opened one of the rooms, doors to the rooms, and it was on fire," Zapata said. 

At that time, Zapata, her nephew, aunt, and grandmother were home. She said her grandmother grabbed a fire extinguisher and put the fire out. 

"I was still holding my nephew and it went out and it acted like it wasn't going to burn again and so I just told her to go outside with the dogs and like, get fresh air," Zapata said. 

Zapata said after her grandmother and nephew went outside, she worked to get her disabled aunt out the home.

"I put her in her wheelchair and it was really hard by myself and my papa finally got home, and he had came to the room, and was trying to help me too but I guess the fire started again," Zapata said. 

The family called 9-1-1, when the fire began taking over the back room. 

"I couldn't breath so I had to go out of the window, try to get air," Zapata said.

LFR was able to get both Faith's grandfather and aunt out of the home. They are both recovering from severe burns. 

The fire started in the back of the house and is contained. Fire Marshal's are investigating the cause.

For Zapata, she is now focusing on making sure her family is okay.

"I'm just glad they got them out," Zapata said. "I couldn't have done it by myself." 

Zapata said she thinks the blaze started as an electrical fire, something to do with the wiring. The Fire Marshal's office is still working to determine a cause.

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