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 [...]