AFR: 3 injured in SE Albuquerque apartment fire

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three people were injured Thursday during a large apartment fire in southeast Albuquerque.

According to Albuquerque Fire Rescue Lt. Tom Ruiz, crews arrived on scene and saw 40-foot flames.

AFR crews first responded around 12:17 p.m. Thursday to the Mountain View Apartments at 1515 Columbia Drive SE, near Kathryn and Yale. Crews went to work in defensive mode to prevent the fire from spreading further.

Officials said one person had to be rescued from a second-story balcony, and that person’s cat was also rescued. According to AFR, three people were injured and a total of 21 apartments were affected — displacing 31 occupants.

The American Red Cross will be helping the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this point. AFR officials said they did have an arson investigator at the scene Thursday, but that’s only out of an abundance of caution. They said that is protocol for this type of large structure fire.