Large structure fire destroys apartment building in Carlsbad

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An apartment building was destroyed in a structure fire early Monday morning in Carlsbad.  The fire took place in a building on the northeast side of the Vista Del Rio Apartment Complex, located at 1300 N. Pate St. The call for the fire came in at 5:30 a.m.

The fire was contained to the single apartment building, which consisted of eight residential units. There were no fatalities and no major injuries reported, though some residents did complain of smoke inhalation. Some nearby apartment buildings were also temporarily evacuated as a precaution. 

Members of the Carlsbad Fire Department were assisted on the scene by local volunteer agencies from La Huerta, Otis, Happy Valley, Queen and Joel. The Carlsbad Police Department assisted with controlling the scene. The Eddy County Office of Emergency Management is coordinating a relief effort with the Red Cross. 

The cause of fire is still unknown and the incident is still under investigation at this time.

The Carlsbad Fire Department responded to multiple other fires over the weekend, Fire Chief Rick Lopez said. He urged residents to be extremely cautious, as an ongoing drought and high winds result in an extreme fire danger.

Mayor Dale Janway expressed his appreciation for local firefighters in a statement to the public: “Thank you to all of our first responders who did an excellent job containing the structure fire that took place at the Vista Del Rio Apartment Complex Monday morning. Spring winds made containing the fire very difficult, but members of the Carlsbad Fire Department and local volunteer agencies were able to quickly contain the blaze. We’re very relieved to learn that there were no serious injuries or loss of life, but, of course, a number of families have been displaced by this fire. The Eddy County Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross are coordinating relief efforts. 

The loss of an entire apartment building makes this one of the larger structure fires we’ve had in Carlsbad in some time, and our fire department responded to several other fires over the weekend. The wind and dry air makes the fire risk very high – please be extremely careful in terms of following all fire safety guidelines.”

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