Huning Castle Apartments Fire: One Year Anniversary

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We are approaching the one year anniversary of the Downtown Apartment Fire at the historic Huning Castle Apartments which took place August 3rd, 2009.

I don't know of any 'good' that has come of this fire other than this year's story line from Br Ba (AMC TV's Breaking Bad) which utilized actual scenes shot from the KOBtv NEWS helicopter of the fire to portray an Albuquerque airplane crash. Marla Tellez announces the crash, while the camera opens and pans over the smoldering wreckage of the Apartment Fire. And, no one was hurt that memorable night last summer.

Within the last two weeks, the apartments have been totally razed...In case youi have not driven by lately, here are some pictures of how the Castle is looking now...

huning highland castle apartments


huning highland castle apartments


huning highland castle apartments


huning highland castle apartments


huning highland castle apartments


To view an entire Picasa Picture Gallery of photographs taken the night of the tragic fire, click the image below:

Downtown ABQ Apartment Fire

[Photography courtesy Aquila Arts LLC]

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Tags: apartment, apartments, castle, downtown, fire, highland, huning, razed

Comment by once banned twice shy on July 27, 2010 at 12:15pm
It's really sad those apartments burned down. Also, while no humans were hurt, I do believe at least two cats died in that fire.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 27, 2010 at 12:32pm
It is hard to look at these photos for many reasons, but one thing that always comes to mind when I see demolition of a structure is whether there was anything worth salvaging - period hardware, doorknobs, and even wood that was not fire/smoke or water damaged. I guess that is just the environmental ethicist in me - it seems a pity to just topple everything by brute force and cart it off to who knows where. I know that economically demolition is cheaper, but is it sounder environmentally?
Comment by jeff on July 27, 2010 at 12:45pm
if the structure is no longer safe, the viability of methodically salvaging is reduced significantly. that's my guess of what you're seeing in those pictures.
Comment by misterhinkydink on July 27, 2010 at 2:09pm
Since the fire I've avoided going by the apartments. It's just too sad.
Comment by Josie Ford on July 27, 2010 at 2:51pm
I hope all the people who lived there recovered and are doing fine.....
Comment by bg on July 28, 2010 at 3:45pm
I'm with you, BB. I did notice that Coronado is doing the demo, and they do recycle. But with the structure deemed unsafe by the inspectors, they may not have allowed any recyling prior to demo. Maybe they can retrieve metal things like door knobs from the rubble. It makes me sick to look at it. If I had been a survivor of the fire, I would not try to see any of the remains. Re-living the pain, wounds too deep.

Also, just to be a nit picker, it was the Huning Castle Apartments, not to be confused with Huning Highland, which is on the east side of the rail road tracks, where EDO is.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 30, 2010 at 4:10pm
Correction attend to, thanks.
Comment by Josie Ford on August 13, 2010 at 6:04pm
There is a dead dog on top of the pile at the castle Apartments. It is a white curly haired dog. I don't know whom to call about it.

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