Taos Valley firefighters battle home blaze

Investigators discover set of remains inside El Prado home

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 1/7/19

Investigators say they have discovered a set of human remains inside a Mirlo Road home that burst into flames Monday afternoon (Jan. 7).

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Taos Valley firefighters battle home blaze

Investigators discover set of remains inside El Prado home

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Updated Jan. 8 at noon

Investigators say they have discovered a set of human remains inside a Mirlo Road home that burst into flames Monday afternoon (Jan. 7).

"At this point, this is being listed as a John Doe because we can't make any identifications," said Sgt. Jason Rael of the Taos County Sheriff's Office.

The family of the home's owner, Dr. Jon Young, suspects the remains are his, according to Kim Howitt Ross, who is married to Young's nephew.

Young was an archaeologist with the Carson National Forest in 1990. He was also a director of the Kit Carson Memorial Foundation in the late 1970s.

Neighbors who looked on as the home burned into the night on Monday said Young was an older man who lived alone.

A black suburban bearing a license plate stamped with "Dr Jon" was still parked in the driveway, dangerously close to the blaze.

Firefighters from around Taos County battled the fire into Tuesday morning (Jan. 8), using upwards of 15,000 gallons of water from numerous tanker trucks that were stationed around the small El Prado neighborhood.

The fire was first reported around 4 p.m. on Monday. As late as 11 p.m., flames still leapt from windows and smoke unfurled from the home's garage.

"You still got people inside, Mikey?" one firefighter dragging a fire hose across the home's yard said to another.

"Possibly," was the response.

The New Mexico State Fire Marshall's Office was on the scene investigating the cause of the fire on Tuesday as firefighters continue to "mop up" hot spots left from the blaze.

A positive identification of the remains found inside the home is pending investigation by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

This is a developing story.

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