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West Las Vegas apartment fire displaces 19, causes $500K in damage

Updated February 4, 2020 - 8:40 pm

A Tuesday afternoon fire in the west Las Vegas Valley displaced 19 people.

The Las Vegas Fire Department said 14 adults and five children were displaced from a fire that broke out about 2 p.m. at the Lantana Apartments at 6501 W. Charleston Blvd., near Torrey Pines Drive.

When the first engine arrived, according to a news release, the entire second floor of the two-story, wood-frame building with eight apartments was fully involved. Within minutes the fire grew, and a second alarm was requested.

Crews prevented the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, although it caused “heavy” damage to one building. No injuries were reported.

Investigators believe the fire started on an outside balcony of one of the second-floor apartments, but the exact cause could not be determined, the release said.

The “bulk” of the fire was knocked down as of about 2:40 p.m., the department said.

Damage was estimated at $500,000.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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