Foothills fire a sign how dangerous conditions are
May 16, 2018 06:24 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Less than 10 acres erupted in a brush fire in the Albuquerque Foothills Tuesday afternoon near Academy and Elena Gallegos Place.
The small fire quickly got the attention of the entire city. At least three homes were damaged and nearly two dozen had to be evacuated. No injuries were reported.
It's a glimpse at what forecasters and fire officials have been warning about for months: sudden fires striking not only in forested areas but in neighborhoods too.
"You know it's just devastating," said Joe Goode, general manager of Bear Restoration. "I mean to see something like this happen period, but to see it happen in a neighborhood and come up to these homes like this – it's frightening for these homeowners
Goode is busy inspecting property damage for insurance companies.
"This is the first time I'd ever seen this up here," he said.
That's saying something, Goode has about 30 years of experience. The fire damage is obvious on some homes. For others, it's harder to see.
"We do have smoke inside homes, odor inside homes, stucco burnt, windows that have been blown out from the heat," Goode said.
Investigators are still looking for a cause, but it's a reminder of how quickly a fire can get out of control in the drought-stricken state.
Updated: May 16, 2018 06:24 PM
Created: May 16, 2018 04:30 PM
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