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Fire crews, NM Gas respond to house explosion

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A fire at the corner of North Atkinson Avenue and Isler Road started about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with New Mexico State Police, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and Roswell Fire Department personnel responding. A neighbor reported hearing what sounded like a “sonic boom” as the fire began. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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New Mexico Gas Company was working to restore service to 13 residences Wednesday following a fatal explosion at a residence just outside of Roswell.

At 8:20 a.m., Berrendo Volunteer Fire Department, Sierra Volunteer Fire Department, Roswell Fire Department and New Mexico Gas Company responded to reports of a fire at the 5000 block of North Atkinson Avenue, according to Tim Korte, communications director with New Mexico Gas Company.

One person died in the fire, Korte said, though he did not know the identity of the deceased.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Fire Department, confirmed Wednesday the fire department took the lead in responding to the fire and the subsequent investigation, but he said he did not know if there was a casualty.

New Mexico Gas Company arrived on the scene at about 8:40 a.m. and removed the meter located about 50 to 60 feet from the residence, red-tagged the gas line and then left, Korte said.

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After the fire was brought under control, there were reports that the house fire was caused by an explosion and New Mexico Gas Company personnel went to search the property for possible gas leaks.

New Mexico Gas Company personnel later detected a gas leak near the road in front of the house and in order to make the needed repairs to the gas line, service was interrupted to 13 residences in the area.

Crews were working as of Wednesday night to restore service as soon as possible to the affected residences, Korte said.

New Mexico Gas Company is working with state and local officials, including the New Mexico State fire marshal, Chaves County fire marshal and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and Pipeline Safety Bureau on the investigation into the explosion.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.  

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