House catches fire after man loses control of backyard weed-burning

Albuquerque News

Correction issued below

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque fire crews responded to a call Saturday just after 3 p.m. on the 5900 block of Unitas Lane NW. According to Albuquerque Fire Rescue, the call was initially for an outside fire, however, upon arrival, they discovered it was actually a structure fire of a single-family home.

Officials report the arriving truck immediately called for a full dispatch which is made up of 13 units. AFR states that firefighters had the blaze under control within about 15 minutes.

AFR reports indicate the homeowner was burning weeds and the fire got away from them. A shed caught on fire and then the house caught on fire. The homeowner says he normally doesn’t do yard work.

“I usually don’t do anything, I’ve been lazy, the COVID thing. I haven’t gone anywhere or done anything for the last year,” said homeowner Ron Montgomery. “I got stuck doing something I shouldn’t have done.”

AFR says there was damage to two rooms of the home and a portion of the attic. No civilians or firefighters reported injuries in the incident.

AFR reminds the public that if you want to burn dry weeds or tumbleweeds you must call the burn hotline at 768-BURN to see if it is a burn day as Albuquerque is very dry at this time.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated the fire occurred on Sunday, March 21 when the incident actually took place on Saturday, March 20.

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