Firefighter’s 1982 Death Remains Under Investigation


 An Amarillo firefighter dies in 1982 after being injured in a fire.

To this day, Amarillo Police continue to look for the person who started that fire.

In 1982, Kenneth Caldwell, a firefighter with the Amarillo Fire Department was fighting a fire at an apartment complex in Amarillo.

The fire got out of control and Caldwell was badly burned.

Around a month later, he died.

“Once it was declared to be an arson. That upped the ante so to speak and it became a capital murder because Caldwell was performing his duties as a public servant,  as a fireman and a crime caused his death. The crime being the arson,” said Lt. Erick Bohannon.

Bohannon tells us the Special Crimes Unit and Amarillo Fire Marshal’s Office have not been able to find who started the deadly fire.

He says they have continued to work on the case even after all of these years.

“In the last couple of years there has been some furthering of the investigation in the Special Crimes Unit, however, we are still at a point where we have not been able to solve this case and bring someone to justice for causing Caldwell’s death,” added Bohannon.

The Special Crimes Unit is hoping someone will remember the apartment fire and hopefully give police information that could lead to an arrest.

“When a fireman is killed during the course of their duties. That garnered a lot of attention and there are a lot of people in Amarillo who remember what happened and we are hoping there is that one person out there who might actually be able to point us in the right direction,” said Bohannon.

If you have any information on the fire on the 1100 block of South Jackson from 1982, you are asked to contact the Special Crimes Unit.

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