Rail Yards fire ruled as intentionally set
April 23, 2018 10:06 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Someone intentionally set a fire that broke out Monday afternoon at the Albuquerque Rail Yards, according to an Albuquerque Fire Department spokesperson.
The fires started around 2:30 p.m. in buildings not open to the public. Albuquerque Fire Department crews extinguished the fires inside the structures, areas of the roof continued to burn out.
Because of all the safety issues related to the vacant building, Fire Chief Paul Dow said AFD's work could last hours and they'll be there into the evening to ensure it's fully extinguished.
Crews initially found pallets on fire. How much damage the fire caused will be determined at a later date.
The nearby Wheels Museum and the Rail Yards Market were not impacted, and the fire should not affect the market's opening.
Several television shows and movies use the Rail Yards for projects, but how any scheduling could be affected is not clear.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said there won't be an air quality warning issued at this time.Fire officials are advising the public to alert authorities if they see anything suspicious.
In an update later in the evening, Public Information Officer Tom Ruiz said firefighters ruled the fire as intentionally set. Authorities received a tip that someone left the scene, though crews didn't see anyone.
"The AFD Fire Investigation Division along with APD are currently following several leads," Ruiz said. "The fire is still under investigation."
Updated: April 23, 2018 10:06 PM
Created: April 23, 2018 02:52 PM
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