Fire leaves couple homeless

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

A mother and her son were not injured in a house fire Thursday night that severely damaged a 712 E. Rankin Ave. residence.

Carlita Smith said she and her son had recently returned from the nearby Circle K convenience story and that the couch caught on fire.

Smith’s husband Jared was not at the home when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Firefighters were called about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

The front section of the single-wide trailer was severely damaged by the fire and the other portion of the home received extensive heat and smoke damage, said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry.

Cherry said fire investigators would be called in to determine the cause of the fire.

The Smith couple had rented the home for about six months, said owner Stella Trujillo.

“It’s a good thing we had insurance,” said Trujillo, who was with her husband Tony Trujillo watching firefighters remove burned items form the house.

About a year ago the Trujillos had remodeled the home. “It was so pretty. We had put in new windows and everything,” Stella Trujillo said.

Carlita Smith said she did not know where they would spend night.

Friends had ushered their young son away from the scene earlier as firefighters fought the blaze inside.