Major fire destroys tires abandoned cars and camp trailer

Eddy County fire crews and the Carlsbad Fire Department responded to a fire call south of Carlsbad on the morning of March 10, 2020.

A fire south of Carlsbad Wednesday consumed at least nine abandoned vehicles and around 100 large tires, said Eddy County Fire Service Director Joshua Mack.

Fire Service personnel responded along with the Otis, Happy Valley, Malaga and Queen Volunteer Fire Departments, read a Fire Service media post said.

The Carlsbad Fire Department assisted and the call came in around 10 a.m. said Carlsbad Fire Chief Richard Lopez.

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Mack said the initial indication was a grass fire burning on Show Low Trail. Once crews arrived there was a large pile of tires in flames.

He said crews had a hard time extinguishing the tire blaze, which spread on the property and damaged the cars and a camp trailer. 

Mack said the Carlsbad Fire Department assisted with some specialized engines. 

The fire was extinguished and firefighters were looking for hot spots and left the scene Wednesday around 2:40 p.m., Mack said.

He said the fire’s cause was still under investigation, and did not speculate as to whether the ignition was natural or arson.