Second fatal fire reported at same location

A second fatal fire in a vehicle at the same Alamosa address in the past three months was reported Wednesday morning. A body was found in the passenger seat of the small box truck. A Colorado DFPC firefighter attempts to extinguish the blaze. Courtesy photo

ALAMOSA– A second fatal fire in a vehicle at the same address in the past three months was reported Wednesday morning.

Fire Captain Zach Cerny said Alamosa and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) firefighters responded to a property in the 1300 block of Alamosa Avenue about 9:15 a.m. and found the cab of a small box truck on fire. Once extinguished, an unidentified body was found in the passenger seat of the cab. The gender of the victim is not known at this time, he said.

A camper fire on Dec. 31, 2023 at the same location resulted in the death of Justin Armijo, 35, of Alamosa. It was determined that a make-shift fireplace in the trailer was the likely cause of that fatal blaze.

The cause of Wednesday’s fire is not known at this time, Cerny said. Alamosa Fire has completed its investigation, but the case is still under investigation by the Alamosa Police Department (APD).

An APD officer saw the fire from a distance and called it in, according to Cerny. Eight DFPC firefighters and six from AFD responded, both with two units, and were on scene for three hours.

The Alamosa County Coroner’s office removed the victim but may not have a positive identification for several weeks.