Old trailer lost in fire

Freedom New Mexico A fire burned the remains of an old trailer house Monday night near U.S. 70 across from Greyhound Stadium. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Golden said firefighters received the call about the fire around 7 p.m. and finished extinguishing it in about two hours. He said firefighters believe a saw used […]

Portales house fire put out

PNT Staff Reports Portales firefighters extinguished a burning garage on Taos Court in the U.S. Air Force 801 housing area Friday night. Battalion Chief Lance Hill said the occupants of the house were home but able to escape and no one was injured. About 11 p.m., investigators were still trying to determine the cause of […]

Blaze destroys house

PNT staff report Firefighters said no one was injured Sunday in a fire that gutted a house on Roosevelt Road U Sunday night. Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee said firefighters believe the blaze started at a stove in the kitchen. Firefighters arrived at 8:20 p.m., and flames had already reached windows and eaves, he […]

Lightning fires keep firefighters busy

Freedom New Mexico Lightning kept area firefighters busy on Thursday. A bolt ignited a 400-acre grass fire 20 miles south of Elida, according to Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony. Elida was assisted by Milnesand firefighters in containing the fire. Later the same day, Elida firefighters were asked to help the Dora Fire Department with another […]

Official: Air conditioner started fire

PNT Staff Report Portales firefighters were called to Heartland Continuing Care about 8:10 p.m. Thursday because of a small fire in an air conditioner in the south dining hall. Heartland staff members moved the residents to the west wing of the building until they were cleared to return, said Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance […]

Portales firefighters plan open house

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As Portales Fire Chief John Bridges puts it, it’s not always a good thing for his department to be busy. This Saturday, though, firefighters will busy themselves with the public as a number of centennial events for Portales begins. An open house is set to take place at the […]

Nobody hurt in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A fire of unknown cause destroyed an abandoned house on Roosevelt Road 6 on Tuesday evening, but no one was injured. Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Nuckols said there is nothing to suggest the fire was tied to previous fires. This is the second abandoned house to burn […]

Portales fire guts downtown warehouse, Dollar General

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A fire with an unknown cause destroyed two buildings on Avenue C and led to the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses Friday. No injuries were reported. The flames burned a warehouse at Trader Horn’s True Value and Dollar General Store next door, and people were evacuated after the […]

Grass fire burns 300 acres of pastureland in Melrose

Freedom New Mexico A grass fire about five miles northwest of Melrose consumed about 300 acres of pastureland Tuesday evening, according to fire officials. The fire started about 7 p.m. between Curry roads 14 and 15 about a mile and a half west of New Mexico 268, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Firefighters […]

Education feature: Firefighters teach importance of stop, drop roll

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales public school students who pass through the first grade will know basic fire safety, and they’ll also be on a first name basis with many Portales firefighters, thanks to the Fire Buddy program. The Fire Buddy program consists of Portales firefighters visiting Steiner Elementary School about once a […]

Grassfire mostly contained

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. Bridges said the fire burned about 2,000 acres of grassland and some firefighters remained on the scene watching for hot spots. The suspected cause of the blaze […]

Melrose firefighters upset over comments

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Melrose Fire Department is in upheaval after the village mayor and police chief publicly criticized the department’s handling of criminal allegations against a volunteer firefighter. Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said three volunteer firefighters have quit and more said they are considering quitting. Jacobs said they’re upset about comments […]

Fire destroys abandoned Portales mobile home

PNT Staff Report Portales fire crews responded to a fire alarm Sunday afternoon at an abandoned mobile home on North Globe in Portales. According to Portales firefighters, the alarm sounded at approximately 4:30 and crews were on scene at 4:35. There was no report on the value of damages.

Structure fire damages Arch business

Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from two Roosevelt County agencies were called to a structure fire in Arch around 3:30 p.m. Friday. The fire, in a loading warehouse at Glen’s Peanuts on the east side of Arch, destroyed commodity peanuts, pallets and other items valued at an estimated $57,500, according to Arch Fire Chief Hugh Frank. […]

Firefighters battle structure fires

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PNT Staff Report Area fire departments were kept busy Monday fighting two major structure fires along with severe weather in southern Roosevelt County.Portales Fire Department personnel were called to a residential structure fire shortly before midnight Monday in south Portales. The fire was quickly contained by firefighters, but it appeared to have caused major damage […]

Grass fire near St. Vrain doused

Freedom New Mexico A fire started by a resident burning trash torched more than 1,000 acres of grassland between Clovis and Melrose on Wednesday before firefighters from four departments were able to extinguish it, fire officials said. Lt. Jim Hogg of the Clovis Fire Department said the fire began around 11 a.m. and lasted about […]

Fire burns path across area

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor High winds fanned a grass fire across an estimated 20,000 acres shutting down U.S. 70 for nearly three hours Wednesday. “They were fighting a very aggressive fire and fighting it very aggressively,” said Portales Police Department public information officer Lonnie Berry. Sustained winds of up to 35 mph quickly […]

Hay fire erupts at Roosevelt County dairy

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from multiple area departments were on the scene Friday night fighting a hay fire at Grande Vida Dairy, approximately nine miles east of Portales. As darkness fell flames could be seen by motorists traveling U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill his department […]

Blaze destroys Portales business

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Joe Chandler says he was just 50 feet from his shop when lightning struck Thursday evening sparking a fire. The Portales custom furniture business was destroyed by the blaze early Friday morning. Portales Fire Department units were dispatched to Pioneer Woodworkers on State Highway 88 — the Arch Highway […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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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 […]