Roswell church goes up in flames...for the second time | KOB 4

Roswell church goes up in flames...for the second time

Casey Torres
June 02, 2018 09:01 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. – A church in southeast New Mexico was completely consumed by fire over the weekend, but not for the first time.


The Monastery of St. John went up in flames about midday, and it took crews about four hours to contain it.

It's the second time in recent months the church has been engulfed in flames. Last July an overloaded extension cord was to blame. 

The cause of the latest fire is still under investigation. 

"Well I'm upset now because we were trying to fundraise so that we could clean up the building, but that's just not going to happen now, obviously," said Stephen Lee with the Russian Orthodox Church in America.

Resident Claudia Olivarria said that in such a small town, they could feel the effects of the fire.

"It's scary because you're sitting so close to it, you know. You live so close to something and the flames were obviously very big," she said. "There's a lot of smoke and you could actually feel the heat."


Casey Torres

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