LAFD quickly responds to structure fire

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By Tris DeRoma

Call it a Valentine’s Day card for White Rock.

Fire Department crews responded in short order Thursday to a structure fire in White Rock, putting the fire out within minutes.

According to Deputy Chief Justin Grider of the Los Alamos Fire Department, crews responded to the fire at around 4:30 p.m. and put out the fire within four minutes.

The blaze engulfed an abandoned 225 sq. foot chicken coop located at 140 Monte Rey Drive South.

The closely knit neighborhood of houses was surrounded by dry brush and grass and along with the coop, a tree was already on fire when crews arrived.

“It was fully involved when we got here,” said Grider.

As of Thursday evening, the cause of the fire is not known.

“Until the investigator arrives on the scene we won’t know what happened,” Grider said.

Tom and Yui Shimada, owners of the house were on the scene.
“It was a very old, old chicken coop that had nothing in it,” said Mr. Shimada.

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