Fire destroys mobile home

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A fire destroyed a double wide mobile home Monday in a neighborhood near N.M. 304 and Martino Road in Northern Socorro County.

About 11:30 a.m., fire crews responded to the scene at the 20 block of Kuntz Road to find the backside of the mobile home fully engulfed after the kitchen area wall caught fire.

Gabriel Griego, a firefighter with the Rio Grande Estates Fire Department, said the north side of the home was fully engulfed in a fire that spread from an addition to the main part of the house.

He said the wet conditions Monday helped crews gain control of the fire within 20 to 30 minutes.

No other structures were threatened, and no one was injured.

“The sleet and snow are always a good thing when you can put water onto a fire,” Griego said. “We used it to our advantage.”

Homeowner Rebekah Johnson was home with her two young boys, ages 8 and 9, when the fire started.

She said she was loading items into her car and when she came inside, she noticed the lights flickering in the kitchen/living room area.

“I thought it was weird,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she noticed her two sons playing video games and came back into the kitchen area and saw the dining room wall in flames.

She said she heard a few butane tanks used for grilling blow up after the family exited the house.

Johnson said the family dog was unharmed, but the family’s cat was unaccounted for immediately after the fire on Monday.

Crews from Veguita, Rio Grande Estates and Abeytas responded to the fire.

Smoke filled the air as crews worked to mop up hot spots in a structure that hardly looked as if it were once intact.

On the backside of the house, fire ripped through an addition to the structure and almost completely peeled back the north wall of the home that was near other structures in the area.

Crews combed through debris to spray down areas hit by the fire to ensure the flames didn’t start up again. A garage on the east side of the property was still standing as crews put out the fire.

Weather, no doubt, helped crews with the blaze.

The National Weather Service reported 0.8 inches of rainfall southeast of Belen. Belen received .94 inches of rain within the city limits on Monday.

“Everybody is OK,” Johnson said. “That’s all that matters. Material things can be replaced.”

Johnson said the family could stay in a camper at the back of the house that was not damaged.

Griego said the fire marshal in Socorro County is expected to investigate the cause of the fire.

 


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