Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 | 9:36 a.m.
Safari Inn fire
Two people were displaced and a pet dog died Sunday evening when a fire broke out in a motel near downtown Las Vegas.
Firefighters were called at 8:08 p.m. Sunday to the Safari Motel, 2001 Fremont St., where someone had reported that a bush near the building was on fire. When fire crews arrived, flames were coming from a window of the one-story hotel.
The fire was in an apartment connected to the manager’s office and is believed to have started on a mattress. A bedroom was gutted, and damage was estimated at $25,000.
The manager and his girlfriend lived in the apartment. They were displaced, and a dog belonging to the manager and his girlfriend died. The manager was at home when the fire broke out, but he was unable to tell investigators how the blaze started.
Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman, said investigators found smoking materials near the mattress and questioned the manager about whether careless smoking may have caused the fire. But as of Monday morning, he said, the cause of the fire had not been determined.
About 20 people were staying at the 25-unit hotel at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.