Firefighters battle house fire in Arroyo Hondo

Home determined to be a "total loss," occupant escaped safely

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 7/7/20

A house on Old State Road 3 in Arroyo Hondo became fully engulfed in flames and burned Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Firefighters battle house fire in Arroyo Hondo

Home determined to be a "total loss," occupant escaped safely

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Updated July 8 at 2:50 p.m.

A fire fully engulfed a home in Arroyo Hondo Tuesday afternoon (July 7), drawing a response from Hond-Seco Fire Department and the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

The fire was first reported to Taos Central Dispatch around 4:30 p.m. A first responder who arrived at the scene confirmed that the flames had overtaken the home by the time he arrived.

Firefighters were able to tamp down active flames at the residence by Tuesday evening and continued to work amid heavy smoke that was pouring from the structure.

In an update on Wednesday (July 8), Taos County Fire Chief Michael Cordova said he and other firefighters were still at the fire until 3 a.m.

Cordova said the home was a "total loss," meaning the structure was virtually completely destroyed by the fire. He said the home was occupied by one person, who escaped safely.

The fire is currently under investigation with the New Mexico State Fire Marshall's Office.

Morgan Timms contributed to this story.

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