On The Job — Las Vegas

In what can best be described as a fire storm, the fire departments of the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada were left breathless as they dealt with a rash of multiple-alarm fires in a 42-day span in 1995.


In what can best be described as a fire storm, the fire departments of the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada were left breathless as they dealt with a rash of multiple-alarm fires in a 42-day span in 1995. Las Vegas truly is “a city that never sleeps.” With a population of over 1 million, it is...


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In what can best be described as a fire storm, the fire departments of the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada were left breathless as they dealt with a rash of multiple-alarm fires in a 42-day span in 1995.

Las Vegas truly is “a city that never sleeps.” With a population of over 1 million, it is also a city that is accustomed to dealing with calls for help. The fire departments of the Valley are no strangers to large, multiple-alarm fires. Even the busiest department, however, would have to feel a bit winded trying to keep up with the hectic pace the fire storm demanded. What’s ironic is that the smallest blaze in the fire storm proved to be the most tragic, claiming the life of a 4-year-old boy.

Fire protection in the Valley is provided by the Clark County Fire Department, which covers the Strip and outlying areas; the Las Vegas Fire Department, which covers the downtown area and the city proper; the North Las Vegas Fire Department; the Henderson Fire Department; the Boulder City Fire Department; and the Nellis Air Force Base Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to nine major fires in that 42-day period. The following is a recap of those incidents.

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