New Mexico News

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Albuquerque Fire Rescue investigates car dealership fire

Albuquerque Fire Rescue are investigating a fire that started at a car dealership Saturday night. Four cars were torched on the lot of Mark Mitsubishi near Lomas and Louisiana. “There was some serious heat to cause all that damage, things melted and stuff like that,” said Mike Buckingham, sales manager at Morning Star Motor Co. Buckingham said he suspects the cause of the fire was arson. “Looks like somebody poured gas on them and set them on fire because it didn’t' look like to me it could jump from one car to another like that,” he said. AFR Spokesperson Tom Ruiz said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. “It stands to reason that there wasn't any sort of storm that evening and there was no other sort of source so all of that will be looked at by our crew from our fire investigation unit,” Ruiz said. Buckingham said the fire does not surprise him one bit.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Fire in Chaves County results in arrest

A fire on Old Clovis Highway Monday morning did not result in injuries, but a person was taken to the hospital and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office expects to press charges against him for actions toward firefighters. Sheriff Mike Herrington said that the man, whose name was not released by press time, had to be taken to the hospital temporarily after he was hit with tasers on the scene. Once medically cleared, he was taken to jail, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. Herrington said the man made threats to firefighters and had a switch-blade knife in his possession. Herrington said the man was to be charged with threatening firefighters, obstructing firefighters and possessing a deadly weapon. The sheriff said the man is thought to be a relative of the owner of the property, which is on the east side of Old Clovis Highway between U.S. 70 East and Briggs Road.
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