Fire might be arson

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Fire crews are investigating a fire that destroyed a structure Sunday just east of Socorro, said Socorro Fire Chief Joe Gonzales.

Courtesy photo: Fire crews are investigating a fire that destroyed a structure Sunday just east of Socorro along Hope Farm Road. The structure, which was vacant, was fully engulfed when crews arrived.

Crews responded to a fully-engulfed structure about 1:42 a.m. at the end of Hope Farm Road at a house that has had no gas and no electricity for some time, Gonzales said.

“It was fully engulfed,” Gonzales said. “It was basically a defensive attack.”

Gonzales said the fire was “a suspicious act” since no utilities were hooked up to the house. He said officials were unable to find evidence of any flammable substance because the building collapsed. Crews mopped up hot spots until 5 a.m.

 


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