Downtown fire is Las Vegas’ biggest in 25 years; 100 people evacuated

A fire early Sunday in downtown Las Vegas was the city’s biggest in 25 years, the Las Vegas fire agency said.

Firefighters returning from another call shortly before 1 a.m. saw smoke coming from a condominium complex and discovered that a building under construction was already fully involved.

Residents from the complex were awakened and evacuated, and personnel eventually numbering 140 were called to fight the fire.

It was largely controlled by 6 a.m., though crews remained on the scene all day to monitor hot spots.

Another apartment complex and a motel were also evacuated, and at least 100 people went to a shelter set up in a school. The collapse of a power pole caused an electrical outage to a large area of downtown.

One injury was reported, a case of smoke inhalation.

The burned buildings are along Fremont Street about 1½ miles east of the downtown Fremont Street Experience tourist area.

Ten or more buildings were destroyed or damaged, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said. The accounting of the exact number of residences, businesses and vehicles destroyed or damaged would probably take until Tuesday, the agency said, but it declared the fire the city’s biggest involving occupied dwellings in 25 years.

The gated complex where the fire started comprises about 15 two- and three-story buildings, with two-bedroom condos selling for $350,000 to $400,000. The oldest units were built about 10 years ago, and construction continues at the rear of the 4-acre lot.

The cause remains under investigation.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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