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Deming firefighters battle 3 fires in less than 24 hours

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The showroom of the abandoned Jack Key Motors dealership was ravaged by a fire on Thursday evening.
Deming Police escorted staff from the State Fire Marshal's Office during an investigation of the former Jack Key Motors dealership in Deming.
Former Jack Key Ford-Lincoln-Mercury car dealership had a long history of sales in Deming.

DEMING — Deming firefighters responded to three fires in less than 24 hours late Thursday evening and early Friday morning and afternoon.

Just before midnight Thursday, firefighters caught fire at the former Jack Key Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealership on East Pine Street. The building had been derelict since 2018 and the property was for sale through a real estate company in southern New Mexico. The entire complex – showroom, offices, service center and garages – was gutted and a total loss.

Investigators from the New Mexico Fire Marshal’s Office in Santa Fe were at the scene Friday investigating the cause of the fire.

The Jack Key building was also burglarized recently. The contents that were taken away during this break-in were recovered by the Deming Police Department.

At 12:30 p.m. Friday, La Familia Panaderia (the family bakery) located on the 400 block of E. Poplar Street was engulfed in flames. This Mexican bakery is also addressed as a residence at the back of the building.

The roof of the building has collapsed and the structure appears to be a total loss.

The amount of time the two calls reached central dispatch occurred within 45 minutes of each other – within minutes.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, firefighters battled a brush fire at the corner of San Miguel and Walnut streets on the south side of Deming. Firefighters’ quick response may have prevented burning brush and mesquite from endangering residences in the densely populated neighborhood.

Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (leave a message) or [email protected]

The Panaderia (bakery) in the 400 block of Poplar Street caught fire in the early hours of Friday, February 11, 2022.
On Friday, Deming firefighters worked quickly to put out the flames on a corner of San Miguel and Walnut streets.
Deming firefighters battled through the heat of flames that consumed mesquite and brush on Friday afternoon.
Deming firefighters took control of flames at the corner of San Miguel and Walnut streets that threatened nearby homes in the densely populated neighborhood Friday afternoon.