Rio Rancho Middle School students are reportedly safe after a small fire was extinguished Tuesday morning.
School officials say the fire started in a girl’s restroom in the school’s 500 wing. The fire activated the sprinkler system and alarms which prompted students to be evacuated and fire crews to respond.
No one was injured and the school says all protocols were followed before letting students return to class safely.
School administrators have identified the accused perpetrator and are mulling disciplinary action for them. No other details are available at this time.
Firefighters dowsed a rubbish fire inside a downtown-area warehouse on Monday.
Officials said the fire, which started shortly after 1 p.m. on July 5, threatened to consume the entire building and surrounding homes. Dan Trujillo, Las Cruces Police Department spokesperson, said sprinklers in the warehouse suppressed the fire until firefighters arrived.
“Firefighters entered the warehouse and found heavy smoke and fire along the east wall of the building,” Trillijo said in a news release.
Trujillo said that no one was inside the warehouse when it caught fire. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that damage estimates are not available.
The Las Cruces Fire Department credits a working sprinkler system with helping prevent the fire from spreading and damaging more of the building,” he said. “LCFD encourages the professional installation and utilization of a sprinkler or fire suppression system in buildings that do not already have such a system.”
Albuquerque Fire Rescue is investigating the cause of a fire at a northeast Albuquerque senior apartment complex early Tuesday morning. AFR responded to the Encino Terrace Apartments around 12:21 a.m. in response to a fire alarm however, the call was upgraded to an active fire while crews were en route to the scene.
As crews arrived, apartment residents were already evacuating the 11 story building and told firefighters the blaze was on the eighth floor. A total of 25 AFR units responded to the scene and crews initiated evacuation and fire suppression efforts.
AFR states the building’s fire sprinkler suppression system had put out the fire before crews arrived. A woman who had suffered injuries from the fire was found near the stairwell on the eighth floor by crews.
She was rescued and taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown. There were no other injuries to residents or fire personnel. Eighteen residents have been displaced as a result of the fire.
The blaze was contained to a single apartment unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Officials with New Mexico State University reported a fire on campus Monday morning.
The fire took place at the Engineering Complex III building around 5:30 a.m.
The fire chief with the NMSU Fire Department said it was contained to one room.
NMSU officials said an electrical appliance overheated. The fire was extinguished by the building’s automatic sprinkler system.
Extensive water damage was reported.
Portions of the building are open; other areas will be closed as crews work to clean the area.
The school advises students to check with their professors for any alternative class locations.
The university’s website showed the building would be closed Monday morning.
An electrical fire in the ceiling above the kitchen at Denny’s sent customers and staff scrambling out into the parking lot Tuesday night, leaving their pancakes and burgers behind. The Silver City Fire Department got called out at 8:21 p.m. said Capt. Nathan Schwarz, but when firefighters arrived, the fire was already out. “There was an electrical short in the back over the kitchen and the sprinkler system did its job and put the fire out,” he said.
Fifty to 60 customers were in the restaurant at the time, along with 20 employees, said Jennifer Noperil, one of Denny’s managers. One Denny’s employee said they heard a pop. “I was cooking and I looked to the left and smelled smoke,” said cook Tyler Yarbrough. Another employee popped the ceiling tile up to find where the smoke was coming from. He said he then saw flames in the ceiling.
“He tried putting it out with a fire extinguisher but it was just too much,” said cook Daniel Murillo.
That’s when staff called 911 and told the customers to evacuate the restaurant.
Customer Miguel Alvarado said he was sitting near the kitchen and had just gotten his meal when he heard the alarm go off and then the sprinkler went off.
People left the restaurant in a mostly calm fashion but some of the kids were crying, an employee said.
An ambulance had been dispatched to the restaurant minutes earlier for an unrelated medical call, Schwarz said. Employees had the restaurant completely evacuated by the time firefighters arrived. The fire was completely contained to the attic above the kitchen, Schwarz said. Six firefighters worked to pull soggy, burned insulation from the ceiling.
“Denny’s is going to be closed down for a few days until they can get an electrician in here and make repairs to the ceiling,” he said.