Firefighters put out building fire near downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Fire Department battled a 2-alarm blaze near downtown Las Vegas late Friday morning. The dark plume of smoke could be seen for miles across the valley.

The fire was at some vacant apartments near H Street and McWilliams Avenue. The building was covered in heavy smoke and flames when fire crews arrived on the scene.

Tencia Rivas captured cell phone video of the blaze.

"At first it was just white smoke and then all of a sudden, the building caught on fire," Rivas said. "I mean flames were coming out of the air conditioner and the roof."

When fire crews first arrived at the scene around 10:30 a.m., temperatures were at 110 degrees.  So, firefighters dealt with treacherous heat conditions while battling the blaze while carrying 70 pounds of equipment.

The intensity of the temperatures from the sun and fire caused firefighters to call for backup, which allowed for many of them to take a break and cool off.

"A lot of fires which would normally be a one alarm fire -- we sent two alarms and that was so we could rotate the firefighters through rehab more quickly," said Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. 

It took firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish most of the blaze.

Firefighters thing the fire may have been set by squatters.

No injuries were reported.

 


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