Las Cruces Fire Investigation Continues

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Fire Department investigators are looking at video surveillance footage that might help them discover the cause of a fire that destroyed a building used by the Las Cruces Sun-News, forcing the newspaper's staff to move to temporary quarters.

Fire inspector James VonSchriltz says the footage from motion-activated cameras at a nearby bank covers seven hours before the fire broke out Sunday afternoon in an adobe-walled storage building next to Sun-News headquarters.

Sun-News publisher Frank Leto says it probably will be several weeks before the newspaper will be able to return to its home in downtown Las Cruces.

He says the office suffered some smoke and water damage and is being dried out by industrial fans.

No damage estimate has been determined.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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