ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One person has died and one firefighter was injured in a residential fire in northeast Albuquerque on Friday.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue reports there were heavy flames and smoke coming from a two-story home near Academy and Lowell St. as officers responded to the scene around 4:37 a.m. Firefighters initiated an interior search and pulled one deceased victim from the fire.
AFR says that as crews continued to search the residence, two firefighters fell through the second floor of the residence due to a floor collapse. Both firefighters were able to exit the building safely and one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.
“They saw a partial collapse from the first floor and they found a victim, pulled the victim out and they continued a search and fire attack on the second floor. We had to firefighters fall through the second floor to the first floor at that time,” said AFR Chief Paul Dow.
Crews continued to fight the blaze from the exterior of the structure and declared the fire under control at 8:21 a.m. The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently being investigated.