Las Vegas Fire Investigators have determined the area of origin of a fire that caused $750,000 damage to a 16 unit apartment building at the Ashford Manor Apartments last night
The fire started in or near a utility chase that was used to house PVC plastic pipes that were used as downspouts that carry rain water that accumulates on the roof of the building to the ground below. The chase (vertical shaft) is a column on the front of the building that is hollow from the ground to the attic area with only the pipes inside. There is no outside access to the inside of the chase. Fire investigators determined that the chase acted like a chimney carrying fire, heat and smoke into the attic where the fire intensified. Once the fire burned through the roof, it was fanned by 20-30 mile per hour southerly winds which quickly whipped the fire across the roof. Firefighters were concerned the fire would spread to the next apartment building but were able to stop it.
At this time, fire investigators have determined where the fire started, their next objective is to determine how it started. They are in the process of talking with witnesses and occupants to gather information.
Fire investigators do not believe the fire was intentional, but accidental.
At this point the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it appears to be accidental, starting in/near a utility chase and spread into the attic.
The roof and attic area were completely destroyed, eight upstairs units sustained extensive damage from debris falling from the attic into the apartments below. The eight downstairs units appear to have heavy water damage, but it appears many of the contents are salvageable. Damage is estimated at $750,000. The American Red Cross is assisting 25 displaced people that lived in the building.
There were no reported injuries.
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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 2320 Tucumcari Dr, Bldg 5 Time of Call: 6:28pm On Scene: 6:29pm Under Control: 9:29pm