At least one person is displaced after a fire in a downstairs apartment at the Rancho Verde apartments early Wednesday morning. The fire has been ruled accidental. There were no reported injuries.
Las Vegas firefighters responded to the apartment complex at 98 S. Martin L. King Blvd. (MLK / US95) at 3:30 a.m. after someone reported that smoke was coming from the two-story wood frame/stucco apartment building.
When firefighters arrived on scene, smoke was showing from the building and it was evacuated. Firefighters entered the apartment and found the fire in the ceiling of the main hallway of the apartment. Firefighters had the fire out in less than five minutes.
Located above the ceiling is the air handler (air conditioner/heater) for the apartment and fire investigators determined that is where the fire started. Investigators believe the cause was electrical/mechanical in nature.
Fire damage was confined to the one downstairs unit. There was very light smoke odor in the apartment across the hall and the unit directly above. Damage was estimated at $40,000.
The one occupant that lives in the apartment where the fire started was in the process of moving into another apartment in the same complex, most of the belongings were already moved out. That occupant will be displaced into the new apartment.
The other people who live in building five were able to return to their units within the hour.
1st Alarm: E1,201,10,3,106, T1,3, R1,301, EMS1, CB8, AR1, B1,5, PIO1, 6i1, 6i8, 6i9