OJO CALIENTE, N.M. – A fire that torched a historic New Mexico bathhouse built in the 1800s remains under investigation.
Investigators say a blaze Thursday destroyed the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in northern New Mexico after crews battled the fire for hours.
Taos County Fire Chief Mike Cordova says the fire could have been worse and might have spread into the main building had crews not subdued it.
No injuries were reported.
“The walls are still standing, but the historic bathhouse will be considered a total loss,” Taos County Fire Marshal James Hampton told the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Ojo Caliente is on the National Register of Historic Places. The site dates back to the Tewa speaking Pueblo people.
Antonio Joseph, a territorial representative to Congress, had the bathhouse built in 1868, making Ojo Caliente mineral springs one of the country’s first natural health spas, the company’s website says.