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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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