Small explosions: AFR responds to fire in SE Albuquerque fourplex

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to a fourplex apartment fire in southeast Albuquerque Tuesday morning. According to AFR, units were dispatched to 1309 Ortiz DR SE following reports of a dumpster that was on fire.

Officials say Engine 11 arrived at the scene at 8:38 a.m. and reported there was a dumpster on fire in addition to a single-story fourplex apartment building. Crews stretched hose lines to start an interior attack on the fire as additional units started to arrive at the scene.

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AFR reports that at that time, several small explosions from oxygen bottles were heard and the adjacent fourplex was also on fire as a result. Due to the reported unpredictable fire conditions, crews concentrated their efforts from a defensive standpoint.

Officials state all residents were safely evacuated and accounted for and firefighters were able to successfully reenter the structures and gain fire control. AFR says the fire was complicated however, crews were able to contain the blaze and make sure all occupants were safe.

A total of three buildings were affected and 12 individual apartments had to be evacuated. Red Cross will be providing assistance to the residents as they will be displaced for a significant time. AFR reports it had 18 fire units at the scene and the fire is under investigattion by AFR Fire Investigators.

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. In the video sent in by Armando Rascon Jr., a small explosion can be heard.

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