NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Investigators are looking into what caused a fire at Ojo Caliente Minera Springs Resort & Spa on Thursday night. The Taos County Fire Chief says that the historic bathhouse – the oldest remaining structure has been destroyed as well as several rooms containing a pump room, sauna, and massage area.
“I think just the emotional scar of losing a historic building like that is enough for anybody or any company to bear, but as far as putting a price tag on it, it’s priceless. You can’t really put a dollar amount on that,” said Mike Cordova, chief of Taos County Fire Department.
It took multiple agencies including Taos and Rio Arriba Fire twelve hours to completely extinguish the fire. Taos Fire Chief says no one was injured. Ojo Communications Director said that the fire was controlled to one building and the surrounding facilities including the restaurant, all accommodations and pools were not impacted.
Raeann Anaya who was at the spa with her husband told KRQE News 13 people were evacuated from the hot springs after the fire broke out in the sauna area. It’s unclear what caused the fire but officials do not believe it to be arson.