So what did you do Saturday afternoon of the Big Memorial Day Weekend?...We ran out and filmed this fire behind the Orpheum (aka 500 2nd Street) downtown...Quite a stay-cation of excitement and a lot of smelly smokage...A dozen photographs follow without captions. The last one shows that AFD was able to deal with the fire efficiently and successfully.

Photographs courtesy Aquila Arts, LLC

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Comment by Debra Landau on May 29, 2010 at 8:10pm
So, did no one put any steaks on that thing?!
Comment by Michelle Meaders on May 30, 2010 at 10:14am
I saw a short piece about it in this morning's Albuquerque Journal. They said a train car caught fire, but no more information about it. (That happens often with the Journal.) Was it from the Rail Runner, Amtrak, BNSF freight? Was it in use, waiting, abandoned? Was it being used by transients, or to store something? Did it damage any surrounding structures? How do they think it happened?
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on May 30, 2010 at 12:49pm
When we were there and from reports by the tv media, it appeared and seems to have been railroad ties on fire. I believe the itsy bitsy Journal article this morning to be incorrect.
Comment by Michelle Meaders on May 30, 2010 at 1:13pm
Yuk, burning creosote! No wonder it was smelly.
Comment by Ben Moffett on May 31, 2010 at 8:36am
Don't ask the Journal to run more police news. That's all I can find in the paper (and on TV). It's better suited for this medium. My caption for the policemen behind the fence: "Do you suppose we should go over and see if we can help our stay here and pretend we are doing traffic control."
Comment by Johnny_Mango on May 31, 2010 at 3:17pm
Great pictures. Thanks Jeff.
Comment by killbox on June 2, 2010 at 11:40pm
oh my heart skipped a beat, trying to picture where this was and how close the historic ATSF shops were. thankful some track was all it was! i was a kid when the roundhouse burned, its loss still makes me sad.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on June 3, 2010 at 1:59pm
Well we were here for the burning of the historic station that was also a huge loss on many levels.


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