ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A victim located by crews following a fire at a commercial building in southwest Albuquerque has been identified. Albuquerque Fire Rescue reports that around 1 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, crews were dispatched to a commercial building on Central Ave. near Tingley Dr.

The department states that crews at the scene encountered smoke and flames coming from the building. AFR reports that as firefighters were about to enter the building, heavy flames broke through the roof in multiple places and crews had to switch to a defensive firefighting strategy.


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While there were no injuries to firefighters, AFR states that crews located a victim inside the building while performing salvage and overhaul. The department reports that due to intense fire conditions, the integrity of the building was severely compromised.

This resulted in firefighters being unable to perform a primary and secondary search of the building involved in the fire during initial fire operations. After discovering the victim, AFR Fire Investigators were called to the scene to perform an investigation along with the Albuquerque Police Department. The building was occupied by a business, ABQ Legal Clinic.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18 AFR reported that the victim had been identified as 57-year-old Patrick Linton. The department states that they believe the fire was intentionally set by Linton but is not being classified as arson. Linton’s cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Investigator. Court records show Linton was charged with arson last November for allegedly lighting a fire at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. At the time, he lived at a homeless shelter in Santa Fe. His criminal history also includes charges for trespassing, theft and property damage — charges common for someone who is homeless.