Canutillo fire leaves one dead as houses burn in El Paso County

Canutillo fire leaves one dead as houses burn in El Paso County
Canutillo fire leaves one dead as houses burn in El Paso County

One person died Sunday evening as a large fire damaged several houses in Canutillo in a blaze requiring the response of several fire departments, the El Paso Fire Department said.

The fire erupted about 6 pm on Sixth Street near Canutillo Avenue, according to the El Paso city and county online public alert and notification system. The fire had been knocked down by 7 pm but an investigation by the El Paso County fire marshal continued into the cause of the blaze, EPFD said.

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Firefighters from the West Valley, Doña Ana County and the El Paso fire departments responded to the blaze as part of mutual aid efforts, EPFD said on the X platform.

Videos on social media showed tall flames consuming a home as black smoke rose over a neighborhood and El Paso County sheriff’s vehicles blocked streets.

The Canutillo Independent School District Police Department opened a reunification center for those affected by the fire at Jose J. Alderete Middle School, 801 Talbot Ave.

The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents, the El Paso Fire Department said.

The fire is the third fatal house fire in El Paso County in less than four weeks, an unusually high number.

Will there be school in Canutillo?

Canutillo ISD said that the neighborhood fire did not impact nearby Jose J. Alderete Middle School and Canutillo Elementary School. Classes at both schools will start at their normal time on Monday, May 6, the school district said on social media.

*This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

 
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