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Media Release


Monday, June 03, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Downtown Vacant House Fire Under Investigation
Thick Smoke Filled The Downtown Area Late Friday Evening


Fire dispatchers received numerous calls just before 10:30 Friday night that a house at 602 N. First St. (Main/Bonanza) was on fire. The house is located just a block west of the main downtown Las Vegas fire station

When firefighters arrived, they found an older two-story wood frame house fully involved with fire and it appeared the house was about to cave in or collapse. With the potential dangers observed the fire was attacked from the outside using large hose streams and aerial ladder trucks to dump more than 1,000 gallons of water a minute on the fire. Since the fire was being attacked from the outside, firefighters were not able to put water directly on the main bulk of the fire which was deep seated.

Firefighters were able to control the fire from the time they arrived and prevent it from spreading to neighboring homes. It took about one hour to put the blaze out. During the fire, thick smoke filled the area and neighbors were instructed to shelter in place until the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Neighbors told fire investigators and police that the house has been vacant for several months and it was being used by homeless people.

A damage estimate was not immediately available. The house was extensively damaged by the fire.

There were no injuries in connection with the incident. Bonanza Road was closed between Main Street and Casino Center Boulevard for about two hours because of fire hoses crossing the street.

E1,201,4,10,47, T1, R1,301, HR44, EMS1, AR1, B1,5, PIO1, 6i1       Incident: 3137862


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