Farmington house fire leaves one dead

Fire at house was mostly contained to a bedroom

The Daily Times staff
An unidentified man was found dead in this home at 434 E. Broadway Ave. in Farmington after a fire late Saturday.


FARMINGTON — One person was killed in a fire at a Farmington home this weekend.

The Farmington fire and police departments were dispatched at 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a residence at 434 E. Broadway Ave. on reports of a fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze within minutes upon their arrival, according to Deputy Fire Chief David Burke.

He said an unidentified man was found dead in the home.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said the identity of the victim has not been confirmed.

She added police are waiting for a report from the Office of the Medical Investigator to confirm his identification.

An evidence tag hangs on a door Tuesday at a burned-out house on East Broadway Avenue in Farmington.


The owner of the home, Larry Rockett, and his wife of Durango, Colo., visited the residence this afternoon.

They own the four homes northwest of the NAPA Auto Parts store at 438 E. Broadway Ave. The fire did not damage the adjoining three homes.

Rockett declined to identify the victim, stating he had no idea how to contact the elderly man's relatives.

"It was a sad thing. We've known him about 20 years," Rockett said. "We really lost a good friend."

He said the fire "gutted" the inside of the home, and he described it as a "total loss."

Another person, an unidentified man in his middle 20s, was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation after the fire, Burke said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.