New info on December fire

January 7, 2011 • Local News

State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators announced Thursday they may have some information on the possible cause of a mid- December blaze in the heart of Cloudcroft, but said that the official cause is still yet to be determined. An investigator spokesman announced that [auth] inquiry into the blaze immediately following the fire, which destroyed several businesses in the village’s Burro Street area, “yielded clues about numerous potential ignition sources,” stated Gerald Garner, spokesman for the Fire Marchal’s Office.

“Investigators continue to gather information, conduct reviews and test evidence in an effort to pinpoint the fire’s origin and cause,” he said.

“To date, however, the cause of the fire remains undetermined.”

Investigators determined that the early-morning Dec. 13 blaze started within the Pine Stump Mall building, which was owned by the village’s mayor, Dave Venable.

Officials say they could not estimate when the investigation will conclude, but asked anyone who has information, photographs or video of the fire that could be useful in the investigation to contact 505-476-0066.

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