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Area fire departments battle two blazes


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Crews from several local departments responded Thursday to a pair of fires outside city limits.

No injuries were reported in either fire, though there was property damage in both instances, as fire personnel battled the flames in the sweltering heat.

Dexter Fire & Rescue led the response to a fire on a Carson City Road property near the Roswell Air Center. Justin Powell, chief of Roswell Fire & Rescue said Thursday crews from the Roswell, Sierra and Midway departments also assisted.

A call reporting the fire came in at about 2:09 p.m., and for three hours, crews worked to knock out fire and mop up hot spots.

Several vehicles and horse stalls were damaged, while grass and garbage piles were consumed by the blaze.

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A residence on the property was sparred by the fire, though Powell said on two sides of the home, flames did come as close as the edge of the house.

No official determination has been made about the cause of the fire, though Powell said it is believed to have been started by an electrical cord.

Personnel from the Roswell, Berrendo, Midway and Sierra departments also responded to a structure fire on Linwood Road.

Mike Ford, chief of the Sierra Fire Department, said Friday that fire was reported at 6 p.m.

When crews arrived, a house and several outbuildings were ablaze.

“The whole property was a loss,” Ford said. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Crews remained on scene until about 11:30 p.m. Ford said the high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with the multiple outbuildings on the property crews had to go through and the trash scattered about the property, made fighting the fire take longer.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Powell advised people to keep grass and weeds on their property short and not to leave trash and debris scattered about that could potentially add fuel to a fire.

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