2-ALARM CONDO FIRE IS RULED ACCIDENTAL, 12 PEOPLE DISPLACED

A 2-Alarm fire which displaced nine adults and three children Sunday afternoon has been ruled accidental by Las Vegas Fire Investigators. One condo unit was destroyed by the fire, five other units suffered moderate to no damage. There were no injuries in connection with the incident.

A column of thick black smoke could be seen for miles when the fire broke out at the ADMIRAL POINT CONDOS at 2621 S. Durango Drive (Sahara & Durango) at 2:14PM. When firefighters arrived on the scene, fire and smoke was showing from an upstairs condo unit. It appeared the fire was quickly spreading, so a second alarm was dispatched which eventually brought 20 fire units with 50 firefighters to the scene. They were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 20 minutes. The 2-story wood frame/stucco building contains six condo units and garages. The upstairs unit where the fire started was completely destroyed by the fire along with all of its contents. Damage was estimated at $75,000 in that unit. Two other units suffered moderate smoke & water damage, two other units had slight ceiling damage and one unit had no damage at all. A firewall in the middle of the building, along with quick action by firefighters, is credited with keeping the fire from spreading from one side of the building to the other.

Fire Investigators ruled the fire accidental, the result of a child playing with a lighter. The child caught some clothing on fire in a bedroom which spread fast to the rest of the condo. All of the occupants were able to escape without injury. A total of 12 people, nine adults and three children will be staying elsewhere tonight. The American Red Cross was coordinating relief efforts. Most of the occupants are expected to return to their condos tomorrow.

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