Las Vegas Fire Investigators will wait until morning to look into what caused a 16-unit apartment building on the northwest side of the city to catch fire early Thursday evening. No one was injured during the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting 25 people that lived in the building.
Las Vegas Engine 43 was in the area of Smoke Ranch and Jones and noticed smoke in the area and attempted to locate the source. Just as they entered the Ashford Manor Apartment complex at the intersection, they noticed smoke coming from an upstairs apartment of the two-story wood frame/stucco apartment building. At about the same time, 6:28 p.m., fire dispatchers received several calls that building five at 2320 Tucumcari Drive had smoke coming from the roof.
Firefighters entered the 16 unit building. Inside there were no signs of smoke. As they poked holes in the ceiling to look into the attic area, they found heavy fire conditions. A short time later, fire broke through the roof, sometimes reaching 20-30 feet into the air. The flames were fanned by brisk 20 mile per hour winds from the south. The flames were spreading toward another apartment building to the north.
A second alarm was dispatched with additional equipment added from time to time which escalated to a three-alarm fire. A total of 36 units and 102 firefighters responded to the fire.
The fire was declared under control at 9:30 p.m. The roof and attic area of the building was completely destroyed. Eight upstairs apartments have extensive damage. There is damage to the eight downstairs apartments, the extent is unknown due to the fact that personnel were not permitted to enter the building tonight because it is considered too dangerous. A fence is scheduled to be put up around the building during the night to keep people away from the building due to the possibility of collapse. A damage estimate is not available tonight. Damage was confined to building five only.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the attic area. They plan to return to the scene on Friday morning to continue the investigation.
The American Red Cross is assisting approximately 25 people that are displaced because of the fire.
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1ST Alarm: E43,42,44,3, T3, R43, HR44, EMS1, AR53, B4,1 2ND Alarm: E203,9,53,1, T9, R42, EMS15, B10, 102, 6i1, 6i11, 6i12 3RD Alarm: E1,6,2,48, T6, R47, 114, PIO1 Special Call: E47,8, T48, AR1 Incident: 2112118 Time of Call: 6:28pm On Scene: 6:29pm Under Control: 9:29pm