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Apartment complex fire displaces residents; woman in custody

July 13, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fire heavily damaged an Albuquerque apartment complex, displacing residents of 24 units and sending several people to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The Fire Department said the building was “a total loss” and that firefighters who responded to the blaze Friday switched to defensive operations to keep the fire from spreading while searching to ensure no victims were inside.

Police Department spokesman Darren DeAguero said a woman was in custody in connection with the fire, but no details on any charges against her were immediately available.

The Fire Department said the fire’s cause was under investigation.

Fire Department spokesman Tom Ruiz said an adult and two young children were believed to be in stable condition after treatment for smoke inhalation.

The Red Cross said assisting displaced residents.

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