A fire engulfed a mobile home in Ranchos de Taos at 137 State Road 240 just before 2 p.m. this afternoon (June 15), the location of the blaze marked by a dark plume of smoke that could be seen from miles away.
Emergency services, including multiple engines from Taos Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the scene around 2 p.m. Firemen are continuing to douse the fire and grounds surrounding the home, which is surrounded by grass fields, dry with the warm weather.
Despite efforts by fire personnel to control the fire, "big flames" continued to spread to bushes and other structures surrounding the home, with firemen calling in additional support as several fire trucks ran low on water.
Hondo Seco Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. and medical personnel were placed on standby near the scene.
"We wondered if someone had been around over here because the place is vacant," said neighbor Mario Barela. "We couldn't quite understand what could have sparked the fire. We kind of take care of the place and check it out every so often."
Barela said he and other neighbors had not seen any signs of people or tracks of vehicles around the property.
As of 3 p.m. half the structure appeared to be destroyed by the blaze as flames on the fire's perimiter charred the ground surrounding the structure.
Reports from Taos Central Dispatch indicated that the house is vacant, with no known occupants inside the home at the time the fire started – however, no official confirmation has been received.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Reporter Jesse Moya contributed to this report.