Investigators to probe fire

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

The Tucumcari Fire Department extinguished a blaze at the Granger School building on Thursday night.

No one was injured and the blaze was put out in about an hour and 45 minutes, said Fire Chief Mike Cherry.

The school building, which is on Hines Street, is no longer used by the Tucumcari Public Schools.

The fire is under investigation by the Tucumcari Police Department and has been turned over to the New Mexico Fire Marshal’s office in Santa Fe for investigation, Cherry said.

Cherry said it appeared that someone had ignited materials stored in the building by the Tucumcari Public Schools.
“It didn’t do that much damage,” said School Superintendent Aaron McKinney, who toured the building with firefighters on Thursday night.

McKinney said it appeared that fires had been started in three places.

Police are going to step up patrols in the area, McKinney said.

The school system has wanted to have the building demolished, McKinney said.

“We’re going to a meeting to see if we can demolish it” next week, McKinney said.

The meeting, with the state’s Public Schools Facilities, will focus on applications and procedures for requests to get buildings demolished, he said.

McKinney said another property that is being considered for demolition is the old Coronado school building on North Fourth Street.