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Local crews respond to Midway fire


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Fire crews from various departments throughout Chaves County spent much of Sunday afternoon battling a fire that consumed several buildings and vehicles in Midway.

Justin Powell, fire chief with Dexter Fire & Rescue, said his department, along with personnel from Midway Fire & EMS, Sierra Fire, East Grand Plains Fire, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Superior Ambulance and the New Mexico State Police responded at about 2 p.m. to the fire near the intersection of Arizona and Houma roads.

The fire, Powell said, produced smoke that could be seen throughout much of the county. No one was injured, but he added that a house, an adjacent garage and a storage shed, as well as a camper, an SUV and a car were total losses.

“Was not much of a chance to save a thing really,” Powell said. Within six minutes the house was completely enveloped in flames, producing large volumes of smoke, he said.

The fire, Powell stated, is believed to have started in either the garage or storage shed before eventually reaching the house and vehicles.

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Crews, he said, spent about six hours on the scene, with conditions too extreme to enter the structures to extinguish the fire. The presence of several layers of roofing on the house added to the challenge of containing the fire.

He added that a reliable supply of water in fighting the fire was also a concern and that was why so many departments were called in to assist.

Matthew Miller, the interim chief with the Roswell Fire Department, said Monday the fire remains under investigation.

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