One year after arson spree, businesses get back to normal

Brittany Costello
November 23, 2017 10:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Many described it as terror. For a week and a half around Thanksgiving 2016, multiple fires left a path of destruction around the metro.


Flames consumed the nearly completed Carlisle condominiums in Nob Hill. There were small explosions at various Starbucks locations. A pro-life center, an Old Navy, a Barnes & Noble and paper shredding all sustained damaged beyond recognition.

Around this time last year, the biggest concern was not knowing where the next blaze will burn.

After days of chaos, some relief came. Police finally caught the man responsible, David Hickman, and arrested him after the attack on the Old Navy. APD later released video of Hickman's arrest.

While he faced federal charges, businesses faced their own financial fight. The destruction caused millions of dollars in damages. In a confession filed in federal court, Hickman admitted to using homemade Mason jar bombs to start fires. But he never explained why he did it.

Now those stores, businesses, condos are on the road to repair. The businesses forced to close down have since reopened.

Work began anew on the Carlisle construction project. The luxury condominium building is set to be completed by February.

“We were committed from the day of the fire that we would do everything in our power to rebuild the building,” developer Kenny Hinkes said.


Brittany Costello

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