HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Officials say a massive blaze that recently destroyed five buildings at an apartment complex is the largest structure fire in Hobbs history.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Fire Marshal Eric Enriquez said the inferno last week took four apartment buildings and a pool house, which was a total of 36,000 square feet. Authorities say that surpassed both the 2009 warehouse fire on Marland and the 2007 Tootie's grocery store fire.
Enriquez says the fire at the Ledgestone Apartments is still under investigation, but so far there is no evidence the blaze was started intentionally.
Hobbs Fire Chief Tim Kent says a few fire trucks were damaged by radiant heat, which also ignited dumpsters and melted portable toilets.