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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Two Different Fires Damage Apartments on Washington Avenue
No One Was Injured At Either Fire

 

Las Vegas firefighters responded to two different apartment fires Tuesday, both apartments were on West Washington Avenue near Buffalo Drive and Rainbow Avenue. No one was hurt at either incident. Both incidents were ruled accidental.

Firefighters first responded to the Rockview Springs Apartments at 10:08 a.m. Smoke was showing from the downstairs unit at 909 Rockview Drive when firefighters arrived. They found the fire in the kitchen on a countertop next to the stove. The fire extended to the cabinets above it before it was put out by firefighters.

The fire was ruled accidental by fire investigators. They determined the fire started on the counter top next to the stove, but the exact cause could not be determined. The damage was extensive  at the point of origin. They did find smoking material nearby and could not rule out the possibility of careless smoking.

The apartment was damaged by thick smoke along with fire damage in the kitchen. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

The American Red Cross is assisting two adults who live in the apartment.

Firefighters then responded to the Cornerstone Crossing Apartments at 1:47 p.m.  after receiving several calls that there was a fire in one unit of building M at 6666 W. Washington Ave.

On arrival, smoke was showing from the one-story wood frame apartment building. Firefighters entered the apartment and found the fire in the bedroom. The mattress and clothes dresser was on fire and it was extinguished in less than a minute.

Fire investigators determined that careless smoking was the cause of the fire. The occupants tried to put the fire out using a fire extinguisher, but were not successful.

The damage was confined to the bedroom, mostly the mattress and dresser. There was some heat and smoke damage to the rest of the bedroom. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

No one was injured during the incident.

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