Fire contained at abandoned Las Vegas, NM motel

Updated: 08/06/2014 12:51 PM | Created: 08/05/2014 6:49 PM
By: Kristen Garcia and Elizabeth Reed,

A fire burning for more than six hours at an abandoned Las Vegas, New Mexico, motel finally extinguished on its own around midnight.

The fire started around 5:30 p.m. at the Inn of Las Vegas, located at 1152 North Grand Avenue. Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said crews arrived two minutes later and observed heavy smoke coming from the building.

Mares said crews let the fire go out on its own for their own safety.

No one was injured during the incident. Crews are not sure if anyone was inside the building, but so far, the chief said no one has been found.

The motel had been abandoned for several years.

Fire crews will remain on scene Wednesday morning to monitor the building. 

According to Mares, the fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire, which remains undetermined at this time. 

No other buildings were damaged or affected by the blaze.

Grande Avenue reopened near the building around 1 a.m. 

Photo: Submitted by: Joe

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