Local Historic Landmark Lost
FOR NEARLY 110 YEARS THE HOTEL SEABERT, later known as El Portal Hotel in Raton, New Mexico, served celebrities and notables. Currently it was but a shell of its former glory as a 400-room quality hotel with nearly half of its structure still standing after previous fires and shrinkage of trade. At one point it had occupied an entire city block.
KRTN / Marty Mayfield
Friday night the El Portal finished its life as the entire remainder of the building was destroyed in a large fire that brought down the walls. Fortunately the 25 overnight guests and long-term residents escaped injury. KRTN Radio reported:
Raton lost a historic building and familiar face last night as the historic El Portal Hotel caught fire and was totally destroyed. Firefighters from Raton, Angel Fire, Cimarron, Maxwell and Philmont poured hundreds of thousands of gallons of water on the blaze in an attempt to keep it contained to the El Portal block and from spreading to adjacent structures. The call came in just after 7:00 pm on Friday night. By the time the first responders arrived on the scene the building was fully engulfed. There were no injuries or fatalities reported.
KRTN / Mayfield
A citizen provided this video of the fire that captures the spectacular 2-wall collapse. Credit goes to the fire officers who had already anticipated it and had apparently set up a collapse zone:
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KRTN has many more photos posted on their Facebook page HERE.
KRTN / Mayfield
The El Portal has an interesting history that is recounted in this WEBPAGE.
A recent photo of the El Portal
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