A fatal fire in Valencia County took place at the 2600 block of Highway 47 on January 2nd, leading several fire departments to respond to the scene. 

Once fire crews arrived, two victims were found and taken out of the flames. One victim died at the scene, the other was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital. 

firefighters attempt to extinguish large flames

The cause of the fire will be investigated by the state’s Fire Marshal’s Office, according to the Valencia County Fire Department. 

Multiple fire departments assisted in the fire response, including the Belen Fire Department, the Rio Communities Fire Department, and the Peralta Fire Department. The Public Service Company of New Mexico and the American Medical Response also responded to the fire.

“Although the details of the fire are unclear, it’s a true tragedy that a life was lost and another was injured in this unexpected fire,” said Brian Colón, fire litigation attorney and managing partner of the seven New Mexico offices for Singleton Schreiber. “The fact that a number of fire departments and crews were required to respond to the incident is a true testament to how severe the fire was. As a native of Valencia County, this hits close to home for me, and I’m grateful to our firefighters and first responders. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

If you or someone you love has been involved in a fire accident, contact the Valencia County fire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling (505) 587-3473 or via email at info@singletonschreiber.com.

Valencia County House Fires 

Valencia County, nestled in the heart of New Mexico, boasts a rich cultural heritage and a close-knit community. However, like many regions, it faces the ongoing challenge of house fires, which can have profound consequences on families and neighborhoods. 

Causes of House Fires:

Electrical Issues: One of the leading causes of house fires in Valencia County is electrical problems. Outdated wiring, overloaded circuits, and faulty electrical appliances can all contribute to the ignition of a fire. Regular inspections by qualified electricians and updating electrical systems can help prevent such incidents.

Heating Equipment: As temperatures drop in Valencia County, residents often rely on heating equipment such as space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves. Improper use or lack of maintenance of these devices can lead to fires. Regular maintenance, proper ventilation, and keeping flammable materials away from heating sources are crucial preventive measures.

Preventive Measures:

Install Smoke Alarms: Ensuring that every home is equipped with working smoke alarms is a fundamental step in fire prevention. Regularly testing and replacing batteries in smoke detectors can save lives by providing early warnings in case of a fire.

Conduct Fire Drills: Educating residents about emergency evacuation plans and conducting regular fire drills can make a significant difference in minimizing injuries and fatalities during a fire.

Professional Inspections: Regular inspections of homes by qualified professionals can identify potential fire hazards, especially in electrical systems. Timely repairs and upgrades can prevent catastrophic events.

Public Awareness Campaigns: Community involvement and education are essential in promoting fire safety. Public awareness campaigns can inform residents about common causes of fires and educate them on preventive measures.

Valencia County, like any other community, must be proactive in addressing the causes of house fires. By understanding the common risk factors and implementing preventive measures, residents and authorities can work together to create safer homes and communities. Through a combination of awareness, education, and responsible practices, the threat of house fires in Valencia County can be significantly reduced.

“My hope is that anyone affected by this fire reaches out to a knowledgeable fire attorney who can assist in the matter and provide effective help in answering any questions they may have,” added Mr. Colón. “House fires are complicated beasts that often derail one’s lives and have unfortunate repercussions, my last wish is for a grieving family to tackle this alone.”

If you or someone you love has been involved in a fire accident, contact the Valencia County fire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling (505) 587-3473 or via email at info@singletonschreiber.com.