An explosion at a Nob Hill motel blew out a wall and sent debris flying into the street Friday night, closing off streets and forcing evacuations in the area.
Albuquerque police and firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at the Hiway House Motel on the south side of Central at Bryn Mawr around 8:30 p.m. Firefighters found a damaged room and “extensive structural damage to the building.” There was no fire after the blast, but a large portion of the motel’s wall along Bryn Mawr had been blown into the street, exposing plumbing and wiring and damage to both upstairs and downstairs rooms.
“Multiple units were affected, and one individual required treatment and transport,” according to Albuquerque Fire Rescue.
Officials did not give information about the person’s condition.
Firetrucks and police cars closed Central in both directions between Richmond and Wellesley and Bryn Mawr between Central and Silver.
Employees at Canvas Artistry, a nearby restaurant, said they heard a boom and smelled smoke before police told them to leave while they investigated.
People who had parked their cars on the streets that were closed were told to come back and get them in the morning.
Fire Rescue said the cause of the explosion is under investigation, but police at the scene told witnesses and neighbors it involved a personal oxygen tank.
Fire Rescue is leading the investigation.