Las Vegas firefighters responded to the Paradiso Apartments, 2701 N. Rainbow Blvd. (Rainbow/Smoke Ranch) at 3:30 a.m. Sunday after someone smelled smoke coming from an upstairs apartment.
When firefighters arrived nothing was showing from the two-story wood frame/stucco apartment building with 16 units, but when they went to the front door, they could smell something burning and slight smoke was coming from around the front door. Firefighters forced open the front door and found the apartment full of thick smoke. They crawled around until they found the source of the smoke, a fire in a laundry room in the rear of the apartment. They had the fire out in a few minutes.
The fire gutted the laundry room and damaged the adjoining kitchen. The rest of the apartment had moderate to heavy smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
No one was home at the time of the fire. It is unclear how many people live in the apartment, but it appeared at least one adult and some children live in the unit. Management was going to meet with the occupants once they get home.
The cause of the fire is undetermined. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the utility room, but the exact cause of the fire could not be determined. It appeared the fire smoldered for a long period of time producing thick smoke and high heat. Although the apartment had smoke alarms, none of them activated. Neighbors said the smoke alarms never activated before or during the incident.
There were no injuries in connection with the incident.