No one was injured Thursday afternoon when a two-alarm house fire in downtown Las Vegas spread to two neighboring homes.
The fire was reported just before 1:30 p.m. by “many 911 callers” on the 2100 block of East Stewart Avenue, just west of North Eastern Avenue, according to Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski.
By the time crews arrived, a one-story home was fully involved in flames that spread to a house next door, causing heavy damage, Szymanski said. The exterior of a third nearby house, as well as some trees, also caught fire.
It took the department nearly 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, he said.
The home where the fire originated was vacant, boarded up and scheduled to be demolished, the Las Vegas Fire Department said in a release Thursday night. Neighbors told investigators they’ve seen squatters going in and out of the home, the department said.
Two adults, two teenagers and three pets were displaced from the home next door that sustained major roof damage. The occupants of the third home planned to stay at the house, as the interior was not damaged, the department said.
The cause remained under investigation.
No other details were immediately available.