Las Cruces – The Las Cruces Fire Department responded to the 1700 block of West Picacho Avenue for a structure fire.
Las Cruces Firefighters were dispatched before 10 a.m. Wednesday to an apartment fire. The first arriving fire crew witnessed heavy black smoke and flames coming from the eaves of the roof and from a vacant bedroom. Fire crews immediately made entry and brought the fire under control within minutes. Crews were able to extinguish fire that extended into the walls and ceiling within 20 minutes from dispatch time.
The structure and contents sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. Damage to contents and structure is estimated to be $20 thousand dollars. Fire investigators have determined that the fire was accidental in nature.
The Las Cruces Fire Department urges residents this cold weather season to keep combustibles at least 3 feet away from heating sources.
The American Red Cross was on scene to assist the two residents that were displaced from this fire. American Medical Response (AMR) and the Las Cruces Police Department also responded.
There were no reports of firefighter or civilian injuries.