San Juan County trailer destroyed by fire

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — A trailer located on County Road 3010 west of Aztec was destroyed in a fire Friday afternoon.

San Juan County firefighters were dispatched at approximately 2:13 p.m. to a residence at No. 17 County Road 3010 after receiving reports of the fire.

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Division Chief David Vega of the San Juan County Fire Department said a trailer at the property was fully engulfed in flames when the first units arrived at the scene.

He said five fire engines and two tanker trucks eventually responded to the scene, and the flames were extinguished by approximately 2:38 p.m.

Vega said a small propane cylinder near the trailer was releasing gas and fueling the fire, but it did not explode.

He said the trailer was not occupied when the fire started. A second trailer on the property was unaffected by the fire.

A neighbor, Freda May, said she was driving home from Durango, Colo., with her husband when she saw smoke billowing into the sky.

"I told my husband that might be where our house is at," May said. "We got closer and closer, and it got more and more obvious. I guess I am happy it wasn't my house."

May said she has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years.

Sheriff's Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln said the property was owned by Dawn and Patty Williams, but the trailer that caught fire was rented by an unknown tenant.

Vega said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.