Fire damages closed motel on Airport Drive
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Fire Department responded to a fire at the closed Sage North Motel on Airport Drive early today.
Fire Chief Terry Page said firefighters were called to the scene at about 2:30 a.m. and that the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
He said the motel had been vacated, but there was evidence people were living there. He said at least two rooms showed evidence of fire activity in the bathroom sinks.
Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen said a woman was found in a room at the motel, and she was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, then airlifted to a Denver hospital at about 8 a.m. The identity of the woman was unknown, Allen said.
A second person was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital, but the condition of that individual was unknown, Page said.
"We believe they were inhabitants, living inside the building somewhere," he said.
The two-story motel is located next to the 900 block of West Walnut Drive.
Damage from the fire was visible in the front desk area and on the second floor above the office. Among the burned items sitting outside the building were mattresses and chairs.
The building has windows that are covered with plywood, and there were "No trespassing" signs posted.
Rocky Patel, the building owner, said during a telephone interview today that authorities had told him that someone tried to start a fire in a sink. Patel said he had not seen the damage because he was out of the state.
Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.