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The Amarillo Fire Department responded to a house fire Thursday afternoon that started on the back deck and quickly spread to the main part of the house on Seminole.
Quick thinking students walking home from Caprock High School noticed smoke coming from the back yard. They notified the homes occupants, who to that point, were unaware their house was on fire. A woman and two children escaped without injury, and all but two house pets were rescued. It took fire crews about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Amarillo Fire Marshal's ruled the cause as undetermined. Damage is estimated at $35,000.00.
Earlier this week, the Amarillo Botanical Gardens asked the Amarillo City Council for a lease agreement amendment for extra land.
The extra land is a small strip on the immediate west side of the existing Botanical Gardens and will be used for an upcoming planned improvement. Kevin Ball, Executive Director of the Gardens says details will be finalized in the upcoming weeks with a formal announcement soon.
The 2015 Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge Recipients have been declared. Seven local businesses have received investment funding through the WT Enterprise Center. Out of 49 companies the winners will split the $500,000 in investments. 2015 had the highest number of participants and recipients in the 20 years the Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge has been held.
3rd Coast Soda - $60,000
Circle 21 Candles - $50,000
Evocation Coffee Roasters - $50,000
PlanIt Wed - $100,000
Process Art House - $100,000
ROI Online - $40,000
Zynia Business Solutions - $100,000
Amarillo Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week has been captured.
Thursday evening around 7, a Potter County Deputy made a traffic stop near Willow Creek and Tipton and identified one of the occupants as Enola Gay Apodaca. She was booked into Potter County on her parole warrant.
The City of Amarillo is hosting an informational meeting Monday evening on the Martin Road Lake drainage improvements project.
Construction on the project is scheduled to begin Tuesday April 7th. The meeting will provide information to area business owners and residents about the scope and timeline of the project. The meeting will be at the Travis Middle School cafeteria beginning at 6:30.
Gas prices are down slightly in Amarillo and across the state.
According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers here are paying an average of $2.15 a gallon, a dip of two cents from last week. Statewide the average is $2.22 a gallon, down a penny. Concerns that rising U.S. production could outpace storage capacity is contributing to lower prices.