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Media Release


Saturday, February 08, 2014
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Fire May Have Started Due To Electrical Issues


A West Sahara Avenue medical office building sustained damage to a portion of the second floor and attic Saturday morning after a fire started in the attic.  The building was closed when the fire started.  There were no reported injuries.

Fire dispatchers received the first call at 8:37 a.m. of a fire in the Oba Plaza office building, 5300 W. Sahara Ave in the business Massage Pro. An employee of Massage Pro arrived to work and was unlocking a door to the second floor.  When she opened the door she could smell something burning.  As she walked down the hallway the odor was stronger and then she noticed something glowing from the crack between the bottom of the door and floor to one of the offices.  She immediately evacuated and called 9-1-1.

When firefighters arrived there was light smoke on the second floor. When they forced entry into the office there was a very small fire on the floor where it appeared something might have fallen from the ceiling.  But within a minute, the ceiling started to cave in and heavy fire conditions were seen in the attic area.  Firefighters brought up hoses on a ladder through a window to the office  and attacked the fire.  They brought the fire under control in just a few minutes.

Heavy damage was confined to a small portion of the second floor and the attic directly above.  Most of the other offices and the first floor of the building was not damaged and saved by firefighters.
Damage was estimated 20% of the building with 80% saved and not damaged.  Damage was estimated at $225,000.

Fire investigators determined the fire started in the attic and it appears to be accidental.  They are looking in the possibility that the fire was electrical in origin.  Tenants told fire investigators that work was previously done in the attic as late as yesterday and there have been previous issues with electricity.  The incident remains under investigation.

The building is made up of a number of medical related businesses.  Because of the damage and utilities being disconnected to the building, it appears they will have to relocate for several weeks as repairs are being made to the building.

Video of the incident is the LVFR Facebook page:


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