Rio Rancho Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Duron-Martinez said local fire crews were dispatched to the Club Rio Rancho country club at almost 8 o’clock due to a structure fire.
“We received reports of smoke and flames coming from the area of the former Chamisa Hills country club and Country Club (Road) we weren’t sure is it was residential until we got on scene,” Duron-Martinez said. “As soon as we got here and we got ready to use the hydrants we had collapse.”
Duron-Martinez said that RRFR had to go defensive and deploy ladder trucks to fight the fire from the exterior and were not able to go inside the structure for firefighter safety.
By midnight, Duron-Martinez said that fire crew had been working the fire for four hours.