Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

Chelle Delaney

TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday.
No injuries were reported.

The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the scene at 10 p.m. and occasional flames could still be seen on the roof.
Firefighters from the Tucumcari Fire Department along with volunteer firefighters from neighboring districts worked feverishly to keep the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

Bob Hengstenberg, the owner of the building, said work was being done on the roof when the fire broke out.

Sharon and Doug Quarles, owners of the Gallery 111, located in the building, with the help of friends were able to empty their gallery of artwork.

The artists and muralists have their gallery on the first floor of the building.

The Sands Dorsey building was also known as the Federal Building and was built in the early 1900s, according to the Web site fineartamerica.com, which posts information about Gallery 111.