DATE/TIME: 081399/0630PDT
RELEASE: 99-127


An east Las Vegas apartment was damaged by fire early this morning. A
father was able to escape, along with his six year old daughter and five year
old son, after the smoke alarm woke them. The cause of the fire is
undetermined. There were no injuries in connection with the incident.
The call was received at 3:23AM, of a fire at the MARION MANOR
APARTMENTS, 4740 E. Charleston Bl (Charleston & Lamb). Clark County Fire
Engine 16 was first on the scene and reported heavy flames coming out a
window of a downstairs apartment of the 2-story wood frame/stucco apartment
building which contains 28 units. The apartment on fire was in the middle of
the building, fearing it might spread in both directions, a 2nd-Alarm was
dispatched to bring additional equipment and personnel. But firefighters
were able to enter the apartment and extinguish the flames in less than 10
minutes, so the 2nd-Alarm was canceled.
The occupant of the apartment told Fire Investigators that he was
sleeping in bed and awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm. He saw a pile of
clothing on fire in a corner of the room, he woke his 6 year old daughter and
5 year old son, who were also sleeping in the same room of the 1-bedroom
apartment. They escaped unharmed and went to a neighbors to call for help.
The fire completely gutted the bedroom of the apartment. The rest of the
unit suffered heat and smoke damage. The fire also did slight damage to the
apartment directly above. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
The cause of the fire is undetermined. The apartment management will
relocate the family to another unit later today.