An early morning fire damaged two apartment buildings and left nearly 30 people homeless in Las Vegas on Monday.
The blaze started about 3:10 a.m. at 309 W. Cincinnati Ave., near Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department.
Three Las Vegas police officers were first to arrive and helped evacuate residents from the two buildings. One of the officers went to a hospital as a precaution after inhaling smoke.
The American Red Cross was helping the residents find shelter.
The fire started on a sofa in one of the apartments. A man and woman in the apartment woke up and tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but they fled as the flames grew, according to the Fire Department.
Investigators believe the fire was accidental. But, they couldn’t rule out that careless smoking started it, according to the Fire Department.
The fire caused about $300,000 in damage.