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Construction Debris To Blame For Massive Lower Valley Fire

Construction Debris To Blame For Massive Lower Valley Fire

POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 9:27pm

EL PASO - Firefighters responded to a massive fire fueled by wind in El Paso's lower valley Sunday afternoon.

The El Paso Fire Department said the fire started when construction debris caught fire on the property of a construction company on the 7100 block of North Loop. With the wind gusting up to 50 mph, the fire quickly spread.

"The wind is definitely not being our friend, said El Paso Fire Department Deputy Chief J.R. Renteria as crews worked to put out the the blaze. "The wind definitely played a big role."

Strong winds carried the fire to nearby homes and buildings. A nearby home caught fire, displacing the two residents of the home. A puppy didn't make it out.

Investigators said a truck with a propane tank caught fire as well. The strong winds and large amount of debris made it difficult to put out the fire.

Crews will work throughout the night making sure the fire doesn't reignite.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined and no word on estimated damages. No injuries were reported.

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