1 dead in house fire

February 14, 2014 • Local News

The blaze took two structures, the house and a shed. The picture shows not only the depth, but the breadth of the devastation. (Jessica Palmer Photo)

A fire, originally reported as a brush fire that advanced dangerously close to a number of residences on Isler Road near Calumet Road, left one person dead. A body was found on a bed and has been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator for identification and autopsy.

Chaves County Sheriff Office Chief Deputy Britt Snyder said the resident had last been seen walking back to her home at 3 p.m. The 911 call came in to dispatch at 3:13.

“Based on the information we have received, we think it was her; but we will not be able to release a name until we have positive identification from OMI.”

Snyder said the SO did not know the cause of the blaze. “The state fire marshal from Albuquerque is conducting the investigation.”

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