LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
DATE/TIME: 041999/2330PDT
RELEASE: 99-58


FIRE DESTROYS VACANT APARTMENT BUILDING IN WEST LAS VEGAS


Smoke could be seen from all around the Las Vegas Valley just after
5:00PM, Monday night from a vacant apartment building that was on fire in
West Las Vegas. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the
apartment building fully involved. Preliminary reports from by-standers
reported that a person may have been inside the building when the fire
started. An extensive search by firefighters could not find anyone inside.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building was destroyed.
There were no injuries.
Las Vegas Firefighters were notified of the fire at 609 West Monroe
Avenue (near MLK & Owens) at 5:08PM, Monday afternoon. Firefighters found
heavy flames through the roof of the 1-story concrete block apartment
building. The building has been vacant for several months after it was
declared the building was not up to fire safety standards.
The building was completely destroyed by the fire. It was reported
that the building was scheduled to be demolished in the near future. No
dollar amount was estimated for the loss since the building was to be
destroyed anyway. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were
no utilities to the building and it was vacant, with the windows and doors
boarded up. But several by-standers reported to Fire Investigators that
homeless people were seen entering and leaving the vacant building from time
to time. It may be impossible to determine the exact cause of the fire due
to the extensive destruction of the interior of the building.

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