Media Release

 

Monday, December 02, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Fire In Vacant Downtown Apartment Building
Homeless People Staying In Building

 

Las Vegas firefighters responded to a fire at a vacant downtown apartment building Thanksgiving morning.  There were no reported injuries.

Fire dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls that a building was on fire at 223 N. Ninth St. (between Ogden and Stewart avenues) at 8:38 a.m.

When firefighters arrived heavy smoke was showing from a two story wood frame-boarded up apartment building.  When firefighters forced entry they found a mattress burning in one of the upstairs units.  They had the fire out within a few minutes; it took several more minutes to clear the building of smoke.

Fire investigators believe the fire started in the mattress.  It appears that the building is being used by homeless people.  Investigators also found where there were previous small fires due to discarded smoking material elsewhere in the building.  It also appears that someone was stripping the building of copper wiring.  Firefighters notified Las Vegas Metropolitan Police of the possible theft.

Damage was confined to the one apartment; smoke was throughout the rest of the building.  Damage was estimated at $10,000.

A board up company responded to secure the building.

 

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