PNT Staff Report
Fire destroyed a home east of Portales Saturday morning. No one was injured in the blaze.
At 7:45 a.m. Saturday Portales Fire Department units responded to a report of a structure fire in a single-wide mobile home at 176 Mesilla Park, which is located just west of the intersection of U.S. 70 and N.M. 202 (Cacahuate Road). Firefighters brought the fire under control within 30 minutes of their arrival, according to Battalion Chief Mickey Hargrove of the Portales Fire Department.
Donald Anderson III, who Hargrove said was the only resident of the home, was not at home when the fire broke out. Hargrove said a passerby noticed the fire and alerted the fire department.
PFD responded to the fire with a pickup, tanker and one engine along with four personnel.
“It’s a total loss,” Hargrove said. “If you drove by it doesn’t look like a total loss, but it is. Thank goodness no one was home.”
The battalion chief said the interior of the home was gutted. He said that firefighters were fortunate because usually a mobile home fire is totally involved by the time they travel that far and can threaten other structures. Firefighters contained the blaze to the mobile home, however, preventing its spread to another home located about 40-50 feet away. Hargrove said there was never any danger of the fire spreading.
Hargrove said the exact cause of the fire could not be determined because of the extensive damage. He said there was no gas to the area where the fire started.
“We believe it to be electrical but we couldn’t determine for sure,” Hargrove said. “The area in which it started that was the only thing it could be.”
Hargrove said PFD asked the Red Cross to contact the resident to see if assistance is needed.