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Monday, April 29, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

East Las Vegas Apartment Building Fire Under Investigation
Two People Are Treated For Burns During Blaze

 

A small toddler and a woman were treated for minor burns after an eastside apartment building caught fire late Saturday morning. Two people are displaced because of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 9:47 a.m. that an apartment building at the Cedar Village Apartments, 2850 Cedar Ave. (Eastern/I-515) was on fire. A large column of black smoke could be seen coming from the building as fire units raced to the scene.

When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were showing on the outside of a two-story wood frame/stucco apartment building. All 24 units of the building were evacuated. The main portion of the fire was in front of four apartments that were situated in the center of the building.

It took firefighters less than five minutes to knock most of the fire down. The fire was on the outside of the building on the patio/balcony of each unit. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from entering any of the apartments. The balcony/patio area of all four apartments was destroyed. The outside of the building had damage; the inside of the apartments had light to heavy smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Two units were occupied with one person each, the other two were vacant. Two people are displaced and being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The occupant of the apartment where the fire started told fire investigators that a domestic dispute erupted between her and her husband who does not live there. Outside on the patio, where the front door is located, several pieces of furniture and items were stacked that used to be inside the apartment.  The woman told fire investigators that she saw here husband light a mattress on fire with a lighter, but then he quickly put it out. She did not go outside to confront him about it. A few minutes later when she looked outside all the contents were on fire. Neighbors told fire investigators that they heard a verbal exchange between the man and woman just prior to the fire. He was seen outside by the pile of furniture, then was seen walking away from the pile just before it caught fire. Neighbors used 12 fire extinguishers to try to knock down the fire, but it was far too intense. 

A small girl was burned on the forearm as an ember fell on it as she waiting in the parking lot after being evacuated. She was taken to the hospital to be checked out at the request of her mother. Another woman was treated for first degree burns (sunburn) on the arms from when she was leaving her apartment across the sidewalk in the next building. Flames were so intense that the heat caused her arms to burn. She was treated on scene and released.

The incident remains under investigation by Las Vegas Fire Investigators. Fire investigators are looking for the man to get his side of the story as part of the investigation.  Metro Police is assisting with finding the man.

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E8,1,201,4, T1, R8,1,201,301, CB8, EMS1, AR1, B1,3, PIO1, 6i1, 6i10, 6i11         Incident: 3105061

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