Published Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 | 7:59 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 | 8:42 a.m.
Reports early today that people were trapped in a burning apartment building near UNLV turned out to be false, but the blaze did about $500,000 damage, Clark County Fire Department officials said.
Nobody was injured in the two-alarm fire, which was reported at 1:52 a.m. at Century Village apartments, 4801 Spencer St. Fire crews from Clark County and Las Vegas responded.
Original reports were that people were trapped in one of the apartments and that someone was possibly barricaded inside, but those reports were unfounded, officials said.
Four apartment units were damaged by the fire in the 16-unit building. The cause was under investigation.
The blaze forced some residents to evacuate. Some were seen standing in the parking lot with their belongings, as smoke billowed and firefighters climbed onto the roof to battle the blaze.
The American Red Cross was providing assistance to seven adults and two children displaced by the fire.
The complex is near Maryland Parkway and East Tropicana Avenue, not far from UNLV.
Fire trucks and Metro Police cars clogged the parking lot as crews worked to bring the fire under control.