Fire destroys two New Mexico homes after nearby fire hydrants don’t work

GAMERCO N.M. (KRQE) – Two families are heartbroken after both their homes were destroyed by a fire – a fire that raged and then couldn’t be stopped because the nearby fire hydrants didn’t work. Now they want to know who is responsible.

A fire over the weekend in Gamerco, near Gallup, left Dina Barron and her family without a home.

“My family has nothing on us but the clothes that we walked out with,” said Barron

The fire destroyed two homes and Barron’s brand new Camaro.

Barron says this might have been avoided had the fire hydrants near her home been working.

“There’s one water hydrant right behind my house , not more than 10 feet from my house, If they would have had water there they could have at least saved half of my belongings,” she said.

KRQE News 13 called the fire department, who referred us to the city clerk. He was able to confirm that when firefighters arrived, the hydrants were not working, but couldn’t say much more. The city said to call the Gamerco Water and Sanitation district, who they say is responsible for maintaining the fire hydrants in the small town. They did not return KRQE News 13’s phone calls.

Barron says she’s extremely disappointed in the lack of preparedness by the town and the fire department and says she can only be thankful the situation was not worse.

“If the tragedy was if I had family locked in the house or if there was family locked in, how were they gonna save my family with no water,” said Barron.

Barron did say that the community has been extremely supportive though all of this and right now she’s just trying to get back on her feet.

The family says because of a recent divorce their homeowners insurance had lapsed and they didn’t have any.

A GoFund Me page has been set up to help the family. You can check that out here.

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