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Shed behind an abandoned home catches fire

Faith Egbuonu
July 02, 2019 08:26 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. — Fire officials said crews were called to a shed completely engulfed in flames, behind an abandoned house on East 6th Street in Roswell Monday night.

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Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time it has occurred.

"There were basically two houses there, with no power, utilities at all. One of them was abandoned, and both residential houses on the lot have had fire previously” Roswell’s Fire Marshal Matt Miller said. “So there's been several fires right there within those two lots over the last couple of years."

It’s a huge concern for residents in the area.

Claudia Olivarria believes the neighborhood she’s lived in for more than 20 years is falling apart.

"Until these houses, that are vacant get torn down or taken – removed, we're going to keep having these problems,” Olivarria said. "A lot of abandoned homes or vacant homes is just a way of people who are homeless to have shelter."

There were no injuries. However, fire officials want to crack down on the bigger issue at hand.

"In the past, we've had been able to find out that there have been people, whether it be homeless, or transient people that been staying in the houses or in the shed as well,” Miller said.

Olivarria believes the city should take action.

“Maybe people coming together, the city working with families in these areas, because it is more difficult financially for a lot of families in this area,” Olivarria said. “Maybe find ways for resources for them, so they’re not having to live in these abandoned homes.”

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