Las Vegas firefighters responded to two more fires at the former Fremont Assisted Living Center early Saturday morning — for the second time in 24 hours and the fourth since September.
Just before 4 a.m. firefighters responded to calls that smoke was coming from the vacant building on 100 S. 14th Street near S. Maryland Parkway and Fremont Street.
Firefighters found a trash fire just outside the rear entrance to the building. As they were putting out that fire, they saw several people leaving the building through another entrance, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
Firefighters noticed smoke was still coming from the building and found a second fire inside, in what used to be the cafeteria.
Both fires were extinguished quickly.
Firefighters found one man asleep inside the building, but there were no injuries in this latest incident, which is still under investigation.
“There are a number of homeless people staying in the building,” Szymanski said.
People staying in there “found out about it from word on the street that it was a free place to stay.” he said.
The two fires caused an estimated $500 damage.
One man was injured during a fire in the same building early Friday morning. Firefighters arrived to find black smoke coming out of the building. The man was hanging out of a window, but could not hold on and fell before first responders got to him.
He suffered minor burns and possible broken bones from the fall. Three other people were in the building during that fire, but they were not injured. That fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.
The building also had fires on Oct. 14 and Sept. 9.