Fires damage properties in Farmington

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON – A fire that started shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday damaged a commercial property near the corner of Miller Avenue and Piñon Street.

It was the second structure fire in the city on Saturday. Firefighters also responded to a house fire at approximately 12:30 a.m. on North Cedarwood Street in east Farmington, according to Farmington Fire Chief Terry Page.

Page said the house had a lot of damage to the roof but was not destroyed. He said he does not think the two fires are connected.

The fire on Piñon Street was in a series of garages used to store items, including several boats.

Farmington firefighters extinguish a structure fire Saturday on the 200 block of Pinon Street in Farmington.

Navajo Nation firefighters Miranda and Ronald Singer called in to report the fire after they saw it while driving through the area. Miranda Singer said she saw white smoke coming from the top of the building and black smoke coming from the garage doors.

“Once we saw the black smoke, that’s when we knew there was something going on,” she said.

The garage is connected by a breezeway to another building that burned a few months ago, Page said.

“We don’t know what’s been going on since then,” he said.

Farmington firefighters vent the roof  Saturday as they battle a structure fire on the 200 block of Pinon Street in Farmington.

Page said the cause of the fire in the connected building had not been determined, but fire investigators have determined the location where the fire started. The building is supposed to be demolished.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.