Published Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 9:35 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 4:22 p.m.
Careless smoking is blamed for a fire this morning that ripped through an apartment on Las Vegas Boulevard and severely burned a man’s legs.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said the blaze erupted about 8:57 a.m. at the Veteran’s Village Apartments in the 1100 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Neighbors heard smoke alarms inside the apartment and went inside to pull the man out. He was rushed to University Medical Center with critical injuries to both legs, Szymanski said. No one else was injured, he said.
Firefighters evacuated the first floor and extinguished the fire on the second floor within five minutes of their arrival Szymanski said.
Szymanski said the residents’ quick thinking saved the man’s life.
Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in the country, he noted.