Las Vegas and Clark County firefighters responded to a vacant house fire early Monday morning on the city’s Southside near the Strip. No one was injured during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fire dispatchers received a call from a passerby at 1:33 a.m. that a house at 3013 Alcoa Ave. (Richfield/Sahara) was on fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy flames and smoke were showing from the rear of a one-story wood frame house. There was limited access to the rear of the house and because of the intensity of the fire, the fire was attacked from the outside. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to knock down the fire. Firefighters were successful on confining the fire to the one house in a neighborhood where the houses are close to each other.
The fire gutted the rear portion of the house. There was smoke and heat damage in the rest of the house. Damage was estimated at $150,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Neighbors told fire investigators that the house has been vacant since July and there are no utilities connected to it. Shortly after the house was vacated, neighbors said squatters moved into the house. They said people were seen going into and coming from the house on a regular basis.
A notice from city’s Building and Safety department orders the house vacated due to substandard housing.
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