ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Nob Hill jewelry store nearly burned to the ground early Thursday morning after a mysterious fire started on the property, according to Albuquerque Fire Rescue.
Tom Ruiz, an AFR spokesman, said nobody was injured in the blaze at Masha Manufacturing at 3014 Central SE, near Richmond.
Fire crews determined that at least a third of the property was a total loss after the blaze. Ruiz said a cause has not been determined.
Fire crews responded to an outside fire at the property around 3 a.m. and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the building. Due to concerns that the building may collapse, firefighters battled the flames from the outside.
“The fire affected both a power line and three gas meters, which made the fire grow in intensity,” Ruiz said. “After a lengthy defensive fire effort, fire crews were able to gain control of the fire and render the scene safe.”
He said the building’s structural integrity was “heavily compromised” and firefighters will remain at the scene to ensure the fire does not rekindle.
“Fire investigators will be on scene conducting their investigation as to the cause and origin of the fire,” Ruiz said.
Thursday morning found fire crews still mopping up around the back of the building where a pile of what looked like charred pallets were stacked haphazardly against the wall.