Explosion at historic mill caused by punctured main

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RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – New details have been released about what caused an explosion at a historic building in southern New Mexico.

Preliminary findings indicate a PNM crew punctured a 2-inch Zia Gas Company main and the leaking gas migrated into the Old Dowlin Mill. That’s where it was exposed to an ignition source resulting in the explosion.

The mill, which was founded in 1868, has been deemed a total loss. It was considered by many to be the birthplace of Ruidoso.

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