Fire near demolished 'white house' under investigation

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The large white house built in the 1960s off Northrise Drive was demolished Sept. 22, 2021, two days after a fire damaged a structure on the property.
The large white house built in the 1960s off Northrise Drive was demolished Sept. 22, 2021, two days after a fire damaged a structure on the property.

LAS CRUCES - The city's fire department is investigating after they distinguished a rubbish fire near the remains of the "white house" near the Rinconada Walmart.

According to a news release, firefighters responded to the rubbish fire at about 4:30 p.m. in the area near Northrise Drive Rinconada Boulevard Monday afternoon. When they arrived, crews discovered several large piles of rubbish on fire.

The release said that the rubbish was leftover material from the demolished "white house." After catching on fire in September, the house was demolished earlier this year.

"The afternoon winds did hamper efforts to quickly extinguish the fire," the release said.

Despite the wind, firefighters doused the fire about 7 p.m. What remains of the rubbish piles is set to be removed by the owners this week, the release said.

A pile of rubble following the demolition of a house burns along Northrise Drive on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.
A pile of rubble following the demolition of a house burns along Northrise Drive on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

"There are currently no estimates of damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation," the release said.

Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at JEGarcia@lcsun-news.com or on Twitter @Just516garc.

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