Harper Hill house destroyed in afternoon blaze

The Daily Times staff
Firefighters battle a blaze at 600 Homestead Road in Kirtland Wednesday afternoon.

FARMINGTON — A single-family home in the Harper Hill subdivision was destroyed by a fire this afternoon.

The fire occurred at 600 Homestead Road near the intersection of West Comanche Street and North Boyle Road in the far west portion of the city. It was reported at 4:39 p.m. Officials said the occupants of the home managed to escape, and no injuries were reported.

The structure was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, according to Farmington Fire Department Deputy Chief David Burke.

Burke said the firefighters initially fought the fire offensively, but crews had to switch to defensive tactics as the fire grew. Farmington Fire Department, Farmington Police Department and San Juan County Fire Department personnel responded to the fire.

The white house was on a small lot with a propane tank close to the garage, which also burned.

A reverse 911 notification was issued for nearby residents due to concerns about high winds from the northwest, but that notification quickly was rescinded. Police officers blocked access to the Harper Hill subdivision.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. Burke said the investigation will likely take longer than usual due to the size of the fire.