Feds investigating fire that destroyed Albuquerque condos

AFD: Multiple ignition points found at The Carlisle in Nob Hill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/KRQE) — Federal authorities have joined an investigation into a fire that destroyed a luxury condo building in Albuquerque.

It’s unclear whether the fire was connected to a spate of crimes targeting businesses. When asked if the incidents were related, Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said only that the investigation was ongoing.

Romero says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will help the local fire department investigate a fire at the Carlisle Condominiums on Nov. 23 that resulted in over $9 million in damage. A team of 25 ATF agents arrived in Albuquerque on Saturday to begin investigating the cause of the fire.

Authorities including the FBI are also investigating a string of fires and acts of vandalism at Albuquerque businesses, including three Starbucks locations and the stores Old Navy and Barnes & Noble.

No injuries were reported in any of these incidents.

The Albuquerque Police Department said one person was taken into custody after being spotted near the Old Navy scene, though no charges have been filed. APD is working with the FBI and other agencies on these cases.

KRQE News 13 has been reaching out to investigators for details about the person in custody, and whether there’s a connection between any of these incidents, but have not heard back.

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