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A small fire  burns Monday evening at a homeless encampment in an arroyo tunnel under the busy intersection of West Alameda Street and St. Francis Drive.

No one was injured in a small fire that ignited Monday evening at a homeless encampment in an arroyo tunnel under the busy intersection of West Alameda Street and St. Francis Drive, near a Burger King restaurant.

"It was mitigated pretty quickly," Santa Fe Fire Department Battalion Chief Freddie Martinez said. Two city firetrucks responded to the blaze, which started just before 8 p.m., he said.

No one sustained injuries, he added.

Martinez said the blaze began when a campfire had spread to a sleeping bag and other belongings in the homeless camp. The fire was contained to the tunnel and did not spread into the arroyo or surrounding brush. 

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NICHOLAS KNORR

Why build these tunnels? Crazy to think they would be for pedestrians... build a shelter.

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