Fire at Las Vegas apartment complex damages 12 homes, leaves residents homeless
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.
Las Vegas police watch as firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard...
Brian O'Neal, assistant fire chief for the Clark County Fire Department, tells of a strange ...
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.
Traffic is blocked on Dumont Boulevard as Clark County firefighters try to secure an apartment ...
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish an apartment fire as people watch from Dumont Boul...
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.
Clark County Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at 1000 Dumont Road on Wednesday.
Clark County firefighters try to extinguish a fire at an apartment on Dumont Boulevard on Wednesday.

A fire severely damaged an apartment complex in Las Vegas around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, affecting at least 12 units, officials said. The fire was not under control as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Initial reports suggested there may have been a problem with a gas line in the three-story apartment building at 1000 Dumont Blvd., but that remains under investigation, said Brian O’Neal, assistant fire chief for the Clark County Fire Department.

There has been one report of smoke inhalation, but it has not been verified, O’Neal said. No other injuries have been reported.

Residents of the damaged apartments and those adjacent to them will need to be relocated, O’Neal said. While the exact number of residents needing temporary housing has not been confirmed, he said it is a large number.

“It’s 112 degrees here today. It’s very hot. And so one of our primary considerations right now is ensuring the safety of the residents who had to be evacuated,” O’Neal said.

Firefighters go through a rehabilitation process to make sure they are healthy enough to continue fighting the fire, he explained. Short breaks provide officers with fresh air and water.

Standing amid the smoke from the fire, O’Neal explained that there have been fires at this location in the past. “There are some structural features here that make it susceptible to some of the larger fires, including a common attic space,” he said.

O’Neal confirmed the fire was still raging in the attic Wednesday afternoon.

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