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Individual Detained Following Structure Fire

119 High Street SE

April 28, 2023

Albuquerque Fire Rescue responded to a second alarm structure fire located at 119 High St. SE. AFR fire crews operated in a defensive strategy to combat the blaze and protect surrounding exposures. The main fire occupancy sustained severe fire and heat-related damage which resulted in the collapse of the structure. The two adjacent properties sustained damage due to the extensive fire conditions. Multiple witnesses in the neighborhood identified an individual by the name of Sly Quincy Jones fleeing the scene of the fire. Mr. Jones became a suspect and it was believed by law enforcement that he was involved in this incident. Mr. Jones had been previously arrested for other fire incidents and crimes in the Huning Highland neighborhood.

AFR Fire Investigators responded to the scene to investigate the origin and cause of the fire. Fire investigators coordinated with Albuquerque Police Department and obtained a description of the suspect (Mr. Jones). Fire investigators and APD officers received multiple reports that Mr. Jones was seen walking around the neighborhood after the incident occurred. Upon the completion of the scene examination, fire investigators patrolled the neighborhood with APD officers to locate and question Mr. Jones. Fire investigators located and detained Mr. Jones in the 200 block of Arno St. SE. APD officers assisted fire investigators and Mr. Jones was detained for questioning. Mr. Jones was transported to the PTC where he is currently detained. Fire investigators are coordinating with the District Attorney’s office, as the investigation is ongoing.

Fire Chief Emily Jaramillo stated, “Thanks to the swift action of AFR personnel on scene, the extensive fire was quickly mitigated to prevent further damage. We appreciate the coordinated effort between AFR Fire Investigations and APD that led to the detention of Mr. Jones.”