ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A house in Rio Rancho is nearly leveled to the ground after an explosion Monday morning tore through its walls.
Fire officials say it appears no one was hurt.
Photos: Rio Rancho home explosion
Just before 7 o'clock Monday morning, Rio Rancho fire officials say they received calls to 911 of a possible house explosion. When firefighters arrived at the house, the roof had already collapsed and the structure itself was fully engulfed in flames.
The home is near Southern Boulevard and 6th Street in southeast Rio Rancho.
The house is a total loss.
Rio Rancho Fire Chief Paul Bearce says it appears the house was unoccupied and none of the utilities were turned on.
Propane tanks were also found inside, but it is not clear how or what may have triggered them.
"At this point, there were no utilities so it's obvious that somebody was in the house using, possibly using those propane bottles," Chief Bearce said.
Arson investigators will likely be out there for a while combing through the rubble and figuring out what started the fire.
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