Doña Ana County



A gaily decorated home will be destroyed by fire in a dramatic demonstration of how quickly a fire can break out and spread as a result of an improperly maintained Christmas tree.

Because of space limitations, only five photographers will be allowed inside the structure. ONLY ONE SIGN-UP SPACE REMAINS AVAILABLE. Sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served reservation basis. All participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To reserve space, call (505) 647-7229. Be prepared to provide the photographer’s name, address, pants size, shoe size and coat size.

The Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s office, in conjunction with the Organ Volunteer Fire Department, will conduct this one-time media event promptly at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, on the grounds of Speedy’s Towing and Recovery at 8965 N. Main St., just east of Las Cruces.

The home that will be used in the demonstration was donated to the county by a business owner who wishes to remain anonymous.

County Fire Marshal Adolf Zubia said the demonstration will provide the media with a first-hand opportunity to educate viewers, listeners and readers about how easily a fire can start in a decorated living room and then spread to the rest of the home.

“Each holiday season, the media reports on preventable tragedies after the fact,” Zubia said. “This year, we’d like to help the media educate the residents of Doña Ana County about how an improperly set-up and maintained Christmas tree can result in a disaster. We’re hopeful that this demonstration will save property and lives this holiday season.”

Zubia said video and still photographers will be allowed inside the structure to view the area before the fire begins, as well as during the first minutes of the fire’s spread. Each photographer will be required to submit, in advance, personal measurements for safety gear.