AFR responds to fire at well-known abandoned Nob Hill church

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Officials are investigating a fire that broke out at an abandoned Albuquerque church that has been a magnet for crime.

Neighbors called AFR after seeing flames coming from the Trinity Methodist Church near Silver and Carlisle. Firefighters found the fire in the back of the building but no one around.

They did determine someone broke in and started a fire. It’s unclear though if it was intentional or accidental.

The crime-plagued building has been a concern in the past, and officials do say that abandoned buildings continue to pose a threat to the community.

“As these abandoned buildings are identified in the community, we’re doing what we can to mitigate those properties as best we can,” AFR spokesman Tom Ruiz said.

The church belongs to realtor Chris Pino who is in prison for killing a homeless man with his Hummer outside the building. The property is for sale for $1.1 million, but no offers have been made.

The city had talked about declaring it a nuisance to take it over, but that never happened.

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