New Mexico

State Fire Marshal: Sunland Park house fire caused by Arson

Sunland Park fire that caused death of a child was arson

Sunland Park, NM - The New Mexico State Fire Marshal concluded Saturday that the cause of Thursday's Sunland Park house fire was Arson. The fire, which happened on December 13th, claimed the life of 8-year-old Marisa Muñoz, a 3rd grade student at Desert View Elementary.

Two other children inside the home were flown to a burn center in Lubbock, Texas. The family lost everything in the fire.

The exact cause of death of Munoz is still unknown and the State Fire Marshal's Office will continue to investigate the fire. 

Anyone with information related to the fire is asked to call the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority (MRVDA) non-emergency number at  (575) 526-0795 during the weekends. During the week, please call the Sunland Park Police Department at (575) 589-2225

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