The Taos News

TAOS — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a room Thursday morning at the closed Kachina Lodge in Taos.

Taos fire Chief Eddie Joe Abeyta said firefighters and Taos police responded to find a room on the property engulfed in flames.

“The room itself was probably 80 percent damaged from fire and smoke, and there was an extension into a mechanical room that was adjacent, and then some roof damage up above the room that was on fire,” Abeyta said.

Abeyta said Fire Marshal Carlos Martinez is determining the cause of the blaze.

While no one was seen in the area by the time firefighters arrived, Abeyta said it was possible the fire was started by a transient person who may have been staying in the room after the hotel closed for renovations earlier this year.

The Kachina was recently acquired by Seattle-based hotel company Loge Camps.

Another shuttered hotel in Taos, the Sun God Lodge, also has been the site of multiple break-ins in recent years.

A fire was reported there in 2020, and arson was the suspected cause.

Abeyta said recent high winds this spring have led him to issue a burn ban after noon each day until further notice.

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