Courtesy photo of the fire from near the Santa Claran gas station facing north.
Fire Guts Vacant Building Near Santa Claran Casino
Wednesday night around 9:40 p.m. a fire broke out in a vacant building on Riverside Dr. in Espanola, gutting the former laundry-mat. The fire quickly consumed the interior and roof of the cinderblock structure, located between the Santa Claran casino and the also vacant Arrow Motel.
Espanola police and fire department arrived on the scene within minutes of the first 911 call and Teresa Martinez with the Espanola Fire Dept. took control of the incident. By the end of the night over 18 fire trucks and nearly 40 firefighters were on site, with units arriving from fire departments around the region. Santa Clara, Chimayo, La Mesilla and others were on site.
The fire was extinguished before midnight and mop up work took several more hours. By morning the site was no longer smoking and Espanola Fire Department reported that no one was injured in the fire. Only the cinderblock walls of the old building remain standing.
The gutted building on Thursday after the Fire Department left the scene. Valley Daily Post photo
The Espanola department reported that the cause of the fire is currently unknown and the New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s office has taken control of the investigation into the cause of the blaze.