Firefighters from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County battled a three-alarm fire at the Ecantada Apartments near U.S. 95 and Eastern Avenue Sunday morning. Two people were taken to the hospital for non life threatening injuries. At least 50 people are displaced due to the fire.
Fire dispatchers received multiple calls at 6:47 a.m. that building five in the apartment complex at 401 N. 28th St. was on fire. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was showing from the three-story apartment building which contained 24 one and two bedroom apartments. The building was quickly evacuated by fire and police personnel on scene.
Shortly after firefighters arrived on scene, flames broke through the roof. At that point, a second alarm was dispatched to bring additional resources to the fire. The fire quickly spread across the attic and then a third alarm was dispatched. A total of 85 firefighters with 30 pieces of equipment responded to the blaze.
It took firefighters 90 minutes to bring the fire under control. The fire heavily damaged the building. Damaged is preliminarily estimated at $300,000. The damage amount may vary during the investigation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The two people that were taken to the hospital with minor injuries were the occupants of the apartment where fire investigators believe the fire started. That apartment is on the second floor. Fire investigators plan to talk to the two people at the hospital and return to the fire scene either later today or tomorrow after it cools down.
The two people taken to the hospital were the occupants of the apartment. One of them escaped outside, the other had to jump from a second floor balcony to the ground below. The first person tried to catch the other, both were injured in the fall. One of the two people also had slight smoke inhalation. They were both taken to the Trauma Unit at UMC, which is standard procedure for people that have been injured during a fire.
Firefighters are expected to remain on scene for several hours pouring water on hot spots in the building today. Apartment management said that security personnel would be on scene all day and night watching over the building.
The American Red Cross is assisting at least 50 people who live in the building. That number could change during the day.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
1st Alarm: E8,4,201,1, T1, R201, EMS1, CB8, AR1, B1,5, PIO1, 6i1, 6i5, 6i8
2nd Alarm: E16,51,3, T16, R4, B3
3rd Alarm: E10, 14,106, T3, R8, AR53, HR44, B2, 101, 113, 309
Video/photos available at: http://youtu.be/Q2KCnx8AYfo
Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue