HOUSE EXPLOSION REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

HOUSE EXPLOSION REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department and the Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department remain at the scene of a massive home explosion in the Talavera area east of Las Cruces. No injuries were reported.

The explosion occurred at about 2:30 a.m. at a home on Deadwood Camp Court. The home was totally destroyed, and nearby residences also were damaged. Police and fire investigators began a full survey of the blast radius at daylight, with assistance later in the morning of investigators from the FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Some nearby residents remain evacuated as a precaution while the investigation proceeds. Access to the area remains closed.

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time. The house was unoccupied and for sale. 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. A large fire burning on the scene was contained by 4 a.m.

The American Red Cross is on hand to support firefighters and law enforcement personnel as the investigation unfolds.
Las Alturas, South Valley, New Mexico State University and Talavera Volunteer Fire Departments responded. The Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department also commissioned a helicopter from the New Mexico Air National Guard to conduct aerial photography.

All media contact remains coordinated through the Dona Ana County Public Information Office. A media staging area is set up on Cripplecreek Road, east of the explosion site.

No further information is available for release at this time.

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