Fire destroys mobile home in Las Cruces on New Year’s Day

A family is left without a home after their mobile home caught fire on Jan. 1 in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces firefighters responded to a trailer home fire, which was reported around 6 a.m. Monday on Spitz Avenue and Jasmine Drive.

A spokesman for the Las Cruces Fire department said neighbors called 911 to report smelling smoke in the area.

Firefighters found the smoke coming from the home when they arrived on the scene.

Jacklyn Swanson saw her friend's house burn up in flames. After calling the police, she called her friend several times trying to reach her.

“I was finally able to tell her what was going on at approximately 9:30 a.m."

Candice Pearson finally arrived home with her husband to a devastating scene.

"It's completely gone. I think I am in shock," Pearson said.

Person says her kids were thankfully with a babysitter and no one was hurt. But her house couldn't be saved.

"All the kids' stuff. The clothes, the toys, the beds, my stuff, his stuff and -- oh my gosh -- car parts," Pearson said.

Fire inspector Wally Monsaivaiz says they are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

"They first arrived unit encountered heavy fire in the living room and then it spread through to the garage."

Although the fire was under control, crews were still on scene until about noon trying to break the roof to let the smoke out so it wouldn't spread.

Because of heavy fire in the attic, "the contents are completely gone," Monsaivaiz said.

Family and friends say they will do what they can to help Pearson and her family during this difficult time.

If you would like to help the Pearson family, you can donate to their GoFundMe Page.

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