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July 29, 2014

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Fire burns vacant house frequented by homeless

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Fire destroyed a vacant house Wednesday night and nearly burned down two utility poles in eastern Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded about 10:45 p.m. to reports of the fire at 1701 E. St. Louis Ave., near Maryland Parkway. When firefighters arrived, the two-story, wood-frame house was engulfed in flames, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The fire spread to two utility poles and threatened nearby homes, Szymanski said. It took an hour for firefighters from Las Vegas and Clark County to put out the blaze. No one was injured.

Neighbors told fire investigators that the home had been vacant for three years, but homeless people were known to stay there. People were seen in the house as recently as Tuesday, Szymanski said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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