LOS LUNAS, N.M. — One person is dead after a house fire broke out in southern Los Lunas Tuesday morning, fire officials say.

Nikki Deanda, a spokesperson for the Los Lunas Police Department, said that first responders received a call shortly after 8:15 a.m. Tuesday reporting a fire at a mobile home near the corner of Santistevan Court Southeast and Carson Drive.

When officers arrived, the residence was already “engulfed in flames,” Deanda said. Several fire agencies worked to put out the fire, including Los Lunas Fire and Valencia County Fire.

Valencia Fire Chief Matt Propp said that the investigation into the cause of the blaze was still ongoing, but Deanda told local media outlets that police do not believe the incident was a case of arson.

“My heart breaks for the family of the victim who died in today’s fire in my hometown of Los Lunas, New Mexico,” said Brian Colón, the managing partner of Singleton Schreiber’s New Mexico offices — including one in Los Lunas. “I am optimistic the police and firefighter investigation will get to the bottom of what caused the fire.

“Fires disrupt lives on multiple levels. In addition to the risk of injury or death, they destroy property, displace people from their homes, and rack up unexpected expenses for families who are often grieving.  If you or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of a fire, a personal injury attorney can help you pursue legal options to recover money for items like lost wages or medical bills, so that you can focus on rebuilding your life and peace of mind.”

A house fire every 88 seconds

More than 7.4 civilians die in house fires per day, according to data collected by the National Fire Protection Agency. And someone is injured in a fire approximately every 40 minutes.

All in all, a residence catches fire every 88 seconds, even after a 50% reduction in fire reports since 1980.

Cooking elements, heating elements, and electrical systems are the most common sources of house fires, accounting for over 70% of home blazes.

If you or a loved one has suffered a house fire, please contact Singleton Schreiber by email at info@singletonschreiber.com or call at ​​(505) 605-2076.