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Rio Rancho firefighters fought a large structure fire Friday afternoon at the north end of Corrales.
Rio Rancho Battalion Chief Ryan Floersheim said two people were inside the home when it caught fire, and were treated on scene for minor burns and smoke inhalation. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The blaze started as multiple fires, small and large, sparked or worsened across the state amid gusty winds and dry conditions that created critical fire danger.
Firefighters responded around 2 p.m. to the house fire at Rio Ruidoso Road, southeast of Corrales Road and N.M. 528. Floersheim said crews found a two-story home fully engulfed in flames as heavy winds pushed the fire toward a neighboring home.
He said crews were able to save the other home from catching fire and surrounding neighbors were evacuated as the firefighters doused the flames. Floersheim said the home suffered a “partial collapse,” but crews were able to significantly contain the blaze by Friday evening.
He said the fire utilized all their firefighters and, for a time, they received assistance from Sandoval County Fire Rescue and other area agencies.
On Friday afternoon, fire crews could be seen spraying water onto the large home, the stucco already partially charred as flames licked the walls and burst from the windows.
An officer at the scene told a Journal photographer that the blaze started with an explosion, but nobody was injured in the blast.
Floersheim said an explosion was reported initially, but he could not confirm if one happened until fire investigators look into the incident.