EXPLOSION SITE RELEASED BACK TO PROPERTY OWNERS

EXPLOSION SITE RELEASED BACK TO PROPERTY OWNERS

Investigators from multiple agencies have completed their on-site investigation at last Thursday’s home explosion site east of Las Cruces. Although still considered a possible crime scene, the property has been released back to the owners for the first time since the blast.

Investigators have confirmed that, in addition to the destroyed house, a motor coach valued at $350,000 was destroyed in the explosion and fire. The motor coach had been parked on one side of the residence.

Laboratory analysis could take two weeks or more to process, and the exact cause of the explosion will not be released until all the evidence is processed.

The investigation now focuses on laboratory analysis of evidence obtained from the explosion site.

No injuries were reported when the massive explosion occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the Miner’s Ridge subdivision of the Talavera area east of Las Cruces.

The house was a residence that was listed for sale, but the residents were out of town at the time of the explosion. The 4,419-square-foot house was located on a 1.62-acre lot and was valued by the Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office at approximately $725,000.

No further information is available for release at this time. All media contact remains coordinated through the Dona Ana County Public Information Office.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.