Firefighters quickly put out a fire in an apartment on the cityís Eastside
late Wednesday morning. No one was home when the fire started. The cause of
the fire is under investigation.
Las Vegas Firefighters were called to the WOOD RIDGE VILLA APARTMENTS at 1591
Chartered Circle (at Owens & Eastern) at 11:20AM, Wednesday morning. Captain
Robert Pitts and his crew of Fire Engine 8 were the first to arrive on the
scene. They reported only light white smoke visible from a downstairs
apartment of the 2-story wood frame/stucco apartment building with eight
units. When his crew forced entry into the apartment, they found it full of
thick black smoke and intense heat. Smoke then engulfed the entire outside of
the building, making it appear the entire building was on fire, but
Firefighters were able to quickly control the fire and confine it to the one
apartment.
It first appeared that some of the occupants of other apartments were
trapped by the fire, but they were led from the building safely by
Firefighters. There were no injuries in connection with the incident.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire started in a bedroom in the
apartment. The bedroom was gutted. The rest of the apartment suffered heat
and smoke damage. The other apartments in the building only suffered a slight
odor of smoke. Damage was estimated at $25,000.
No one was home when the fire started. A woman and her daughter live in the
unit. The daughter was at school and the adult was at work. The American Red
Cross is working with the family. The cause of the fire is under
investigation.