Fire engulfs inside of Clovis business
March 30, 2018 07:08 PM
CLOVIS, N.M. – The outside walls of Eshleman’s Art and More were hardly touched by Thursday's fire. Instead, the interior was hit the hardest by the flames.
Chris Eshleman has owned the building on Ninth and Main for 20 years. It's been closed for the past five years, and Eshleman said he mostly uses it for storage and mechanical work.
He said he didn't know about the fire until a friend living in the same building told him about it. When he saw the fire, he said was beside himself.
“Excitement, fear, a little bit of everything,” Eshleman said. “More cussing than anything. That’s the only thing coming out of my mouth.”
Eshleman said he was in the back part of the building when the fire broke out, so he wasn’t in any immediate danger. His friends inside the building made it out safe too, but unfortunately not pets.
“Three little Chihuahuas and they didn’t come to her (his friend) when she hollered for them and they ran,” he said. “Unfortunately, when that happens, they don’t make it.”
Crews from the Clovis Fire Department contained the blaze in 20 minutes. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. However, investigators suspect it was due to a space heater, but have found no evidence as of yet.
CFD Lieutenant Chris Elam said there’s an average of four to five house fires per month and most of them are rooted in the same cause.
“Alternative heating mostly is a big indicator and there are electrical issues,” Elam said, adding that some of the wiring in older structures become withered and can cause issues as well.
Eshleman thinks an electrical short circuit could be to blame, but he isn’t sure how.
He said he’s happy he didn’t lose the entire building and plans to fix it back up.
Created: March 30, 2018 07:08 PM
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