Officials say fire at Albuquerque Rail Yards was intentional

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The Albuquerque Fire Department says the fire at the Rail Yards was intentionally set. However, AFD is continuing to investigate how the fire started.

The fire broke out Monday around 2:30 p.m. and quickly turned into a second alarm fire with 20 fire trucks on scene.

It took about two hours to get the fire under control and was limited to three buildings.

The most significant damage was on one of the roofs, but the mayor says that roof was already scheduled for replacement. 

Investigators say evidence suggests someone set the fire intentionally. 

They found a pile of pallets burning, but they are still trying to determine where and how the fire was set. 

Some residents expressed concerns about potentially toxic fumes being released during the fire. 

KRQE News 13 has reported in the past that asbestos was present in the building. 

When asked if any of that asbestos was disturbed during Monday’s fire, AFD said the Environment Department assessed the situation and didn’t feel a health alert was warranted. 

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