Media Release

 

Saturday, October 06, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Two Alarm Fire Damages Alpine Village Apartment Building
One Firefighter Was Injured During The Incident

 

                A fire caused heavy damage to one apartment building in the Alpine Village Apartment complex late Saturday morning. None of the tenants were injured during the incident. One Las Vegas firefighter had a minor injury and was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.

                Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 8:22 a.m. that smoke and flames were visible from building two in the complex located at 901 Brush St. (W. Charleston/Decatur)

                On arriva,l smoke and flames were visible from the top of the building;   a second alarm was immediately dispatched. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

                The fire was in the attic on the two-story wood frame/stucco apartment building with eight units. Two upstairs units had extensive fall down damage which means although the fire did not actually enter their apartment, the ceiling fell in and caused damage. Nearly all of their personnel belonging were saved.  Another apartment had heavy damage due to heavy streams from fire hose.  The other four apartments had an odor of smoke.  There was very heavy damage in the attic of the building.  Damage was estimated at $150,000.

                One of the upstairs occupants was home and in the shower.  She said she began to smell smoke and then the smoke alarm activated.  She said heavy white smoke started to fill the apartment.  She evacuated just as firefighters arrived on scene.

                Fourteen people are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.  One firefighter suffered a minor injury during the battle.  They were taken to the hospital to be checked out.  There were no civilian injuries.

                The fire is ruled accidental.  Fire investigators believe the fire started in the attic and was electrical in nature.

1st Alarm:  E5,6,10,3, T6, R6, HR44, EMS1, AR1, B10,1      Incident: 2261020
2nd Alarm:  E15,44,201, T3, R10,5, B4, PIO1 6i2, 6i6, 6i7, 102

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