Media Release

 

Saturday, March 16, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Three-Alarm Fire Damages Office Building
Business Was Closed When Fire Occurred

 

Las Vegas fire investigators are looking into the cause of a three alarm office building fire that caused considerable damage.  The business was closed at the time of the fire.  There were no reported injuries.

Fire dispatches received a call at 3:30 Saturday morning from a security officer who was out at the Coldwell Banker/Premier Realty building at 8290 W. Sahara Ave. The officer responded there after receiving a call that intruder alarms activated at several doors in the large two-story building. When the officer arrived he checked several doors and found all of them secured.  At the same time he began to smell something burning, but nothing was visible as he continued to check. A security supervisor arrived on scene and also assisted checking the building.  A few minutes later smoke started coming from the building but they were not able to determine where it originated.  They called 9-1-1.

When Las Vegas and Clark County firefighters arrived on scene, the smoke was much thicker. Firefighters entered the building and found it full of smoke.  The dense smoke made it difficult for firefighters to find the source of the smoke.  After searching for the source, it was determined the fire was in a void area that separates the first and second floors.  Firefighters had to cut into the floor to get to the fire.  The fire had spread to several areas by this time and the thick smoke made the search even more difficult.

A second alarm was dispatched to assist the first arriving crews and later a third alarm was dispatched to relieve the first alarm firefighters. After that time, the fire did flare up in different hidden places. Firefighters were expected to remain on scene for a few more hours to ensure that all the embers had been extinguished.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A damage assessment had not been made by the time this release was drafted. There were no reported injuries.

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