RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Fire investigator Mark J. Torres, special agent in charge for the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance/Criminal Division in Albuquerque, says the Oct. 4 fire that destroyed the clubhouse at what had been Club Rio Rancho most likely started from outside.
“It is presumed to have started on the roof,” he said. “Everything collapsed on each other.”
It was a case of arson, he said, although there are two types of arson: accidental or on purpose, and this one seems to be intentional.
An “accelerant dog” detected that an accelerant had been used on the roof; nobody entered the building that evening to set it ablaze, Torres said, adding he is waiting for lab results to learn what type of accelerant was used.