Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Construction Site Blaze May Be Arson.(Metropolitan)


A blaze that fire investigators say might have been arson destroyed a home under construction in the Quintessence subdivision in the Northeast Heights on Monday.

The home on Jordan NE was already fully engulfed when firefighters from the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County fire departments arrived shortly after 6 p.m., said Battalion Commander John Hurlbirt of the Albuquerque Fire Department.

The structure burned quickly because it was just a frame, Hurlbirt said.

"There's no protective covering it's just lumber exposed," Hurlbirt said.

Firefighters first hosed down the home to the west, where heat from the fire had already damaged the east wall and blown out some windows, Hurlbirt said. …

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