By Tova Fruchtman: Quay County Sun
At 1:57 a.m. Saturday members of the Tucumcari volunteer fire department received pages — a mobile home on Harmon Street was on fire. Minutes later, two fire trucks, two fire department vehicles, an ambulance and two police cars arrived in front of the home.
Neighbors had noticed the blaze and called 911. They also told the home owner’s son, who lived in a home a few feet away, Pete Romero said.
At first, rescue workers thought Romero’s father may still be in the home, and sent search teams in two at a time to look for him, the Tucumcari fire chief, Mike Cherry said.
Searching for people trapped in burning structures is the fire departments first responsibility, Cherry said.
As Romero watched fighter fighters extinguish the fire in his dad’s home, he said he thought his father was probably out of town, but he wasn’t sure how to get in touch with him.
Cherry had not heard from Romero’s father by Tuesday. He said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
By the time fire fighters reached the blaze on Saturday the entire west end of the home was engulfed in flames, Cherry said. He explained that the shape of the mobile home and the access to oxygen, that fuels the fire, caused the home to burn more quickly.
The structure fire is one of about 60 the department responds to each year, Cherry said, but he said only four of those fires each year cause major damage like the one on Saturday.
Medics, police officers and neighbors watched as fire fighters battled the blaze with water and foam — a product that helps the water cool the burning material.
By 3:45 a.m. the fire was completely out and fire fighters left the scene, Cherry said.