Fire destroys flamenco studio in NM; Cause unknown

December 18, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flamenco studio in downtown Albuquerque has been destroyed in a fire and authorities say the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Fire crews responded to the scene [auth] just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Institute of Flamenco building.

Firefighters reported dark smoke shooting 40 feet into the air from the studio, whose occupants were evacuated.

No injuries have been reported.

Albuquerque Fire Department officials say crews tried to fight the blaze from inside the building, but were pulled out due to the possibility of the roof collapsing.

Once crews started battling the flames defensively from the outside, the roof caved in.

Fire officials say crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to the five surrounding businesses.

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