Body found inside home destroyed by fire

ESTANCIA, N.M. (KRQE) – Investigators found a body Monday night in a house that was destroyed by fire.

Cellphone video showed intense flames devouring the house on Blackfoot Road in Estancia late Monday afternoon.

Firefighters responded quickly but were not able to save it.

Even though the home was still smoldering, investigators were able to get into the ruins and find the body.

There is no identification yet, but the 86-year-old man who lived alone in the house is unaccounted for.

Dental records will have to be used to make the identification.

The homeowner was a painter and had chemicals in the house but Torrance County Sheriff Heath White said there’s no hazard to the public.

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