Police wait for fire marshal report to determine cause of fire

The cause of a fire that gutted Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware warehouse and Dollar General store could be determined within a couple of days, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry.

“We’re still waiting on a report from the Fire Marshall,” Berry said. “I talked to the fire chief, so something maybe coming in the next day or so on the fire. Right now, they don’t have anything.”

The fire — one of three in Portales within 10 days — started at Trader Horn’s and spread to Dollar General store on March 27. Businesses across from the