Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

FIRE DAMAGES BUILDING THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TUCUMCARI’S FIRST MEDICAL-MARIJUANA DISPENSARY

TUCUMCARI (KSMX)- A fire early Thursday morning severely damaged what would have become Tucumcari’s first medical-marijuana dispensary and forced the one-day closure of a nearby restaurant on Route 66. The blaze at Tucumcari Boulevard initially was reported about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Fire departments from all over Quay County were called in to bring the fire under control.

The Quay County Sun Reports, a news release Monday afternoon from Tucumcari Fire Chief Doug Hogan stated the blaze “is considered suspicious in nature” and that residents should call (575) 461-4400 if they have more information about it. He stated it took about 2 1/2 hours to bring the fire under control.

Hours after the fire, the smell of smoke could be easily be detected amid snow flurries that swirled around the gutted structure. The building’s roof had collapsed.

The building once housed Jerry’s Package Liquor and Outlaw Tattoo. Spartan Ventures of Albuquerque, which owns the building, leased it to Albuquerque-based PurLife that has opened medical-marijuana dispensaries in several cities in New Mexico.

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