2 injured, dozens displaced in Albuquerque motel fire


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two people have been sent to the hospital and more than 50 others are looking for a place to stay after a motel fire.

Albuquerque firefighters worked all morning to put out the flames at Desert Sands Motel on Central. They also say they will be on scene throughout the day to put out any hot spots that might flare up.

Firefighters did close a section of Central from Jackson up to San Mateo on Tuesday morning, but the road has since reopened.

AFD says it happened around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday. They say 22 units were sent to the motel to fight the fire and when they arrived, firefighters reported seeing smoke and flames.

About two-thirds of the building are said to have burned, forcing 57 people to be displaced.

Witnesses say they heard a loud boom right before the fire started.

KRQE News 13 did spot two CSI units on scene, but AFD is unable to say if foul play was involved.

Two people were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.

Because Desert Sands is a place where many people live, the Red Cross is helping assist the people who have been displaced from their homes.

AFD says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The motel has been the backdrop for several big films like “No Country for Old Men.” It also was used in “Blood Father” with Mel Gibson.

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