Las Vegas Sun

May 2, 2016

Firefighters respond to reports of explosion; find vacant building in flames

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A fire at a vacant office structure possibly inhabited by homeless people caused $45,000 damage early Sunday morning, fire officials said.

The Clark County and Las Vegas fire departments responded at 12:35 a.m. to reports of an explosion at 3675 Boulder Highway, near Sahara Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames pouring from the building, which consisted of two manufactured homes, county spokeswoman Stacey Welling said.

Fire crews used as much as 3,000 gallons of water per minute to fight the blaze after they cut through a locked gate to access the structure, Welling said. No one was injured.

Fire investigators believe homeless people had illegally entered the structure, but they have not determined what caused the fire.

Authorities said neighbors or witnesses should contact the police if they suspect a property is being occupied illegally.

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