ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Fire Department is investigating two fires that occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
Fire crews responded to fires at the Barnes and Noble at Coronado Mall and the Old Navy on San Mateo and Cutler Ave Saturday.
AFD says crews were on scene within minutes at Barnes and Noble to find smoke and flames coming from the side of the building.
Smoke and flames were also discovered coming from Old Navy around 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters at this location were able to stop the fire from spreading to attached buildings.
AFD says there is extensive smoke and water damage to both stores. They say no one was inside either of the buildings at the time and no injuries were reported.
Both Old Navy and Barnes and Noble will not be open for business for awhile.
However, the rest of Coronado Mall will be open to shoppers. And Old Navy’s adjoining businesses Sally’s Beauty Supply and Sketchers will not be open due to slight smoke damage, but should reopen in the next day or so, according to AFD.
The cause of the fires are still under investigation.
This all is just the latest in a series of suspicious events around Albuquerque in recent days.
Three Starbucks Coffee Shops in Albuquerque were broken into early Friday morning, where someone planted suspicious devices in each, one of which exploded. The Starbucks on Central near Tulane in Nob Hill is one of the coffee shops that was hit. Another about a mile away on Lomas and the third on Gibson near San Mateo were also involved.
Another fire left devastating damage at The Carlisle, a new building full of condos that was expected to open next month.
A pro-life ministry was also the victim of a damaging fire on San Mateo.
It is unclear if any of these events are connected.