An inspection conducted by a fire Inspector of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue this morning found that missing fire extinguishers were replaced by management of the Crossings apartment complex at 5801 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Complex management advised the fire inspector that the fire extinguishers were apparently stolen and it has been a reoccurring problem. All the missing fire extinguishers were replaced this morning.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue has received no complaints of any type from this property.
The last inspection conducted on the property was May 8, 2013. A few minor fire hazards were found, but were corrected within 30 days. Fire extinguishers were not a problem and were present at the last yearly fire inspection. Minor hazards noted in the last inspection included an exit sign that needed repair, replacement of some no parking signs and removal of speed bumps that did conform to the fire code.
The occupant of the apartment where the fire occurred told the fire inspector that he was actually outside the apartment when the fire started. It was the smoke alarm inside the apartment that alerted him to the fire, and that is when he went to look for a fire extinguisher.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 9:57 a.m. Monday that a downstairs apartment was on fire. When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were blowing out of the front door and window of a two-story, wood frame/stucco apartment building. Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control and confine it to the one apartment.
The fire caused $35,000 damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigators believe it started in a water heater closet in a downstairs apartment. The closet was full of combustible items that were in direct contact with the water heater. One person was taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation during the incident. Two people were displaced because of the fire. Occupants of two other apartments were also relocated to other apartments until repairs are made to the building.