Friday, March 2, 2012 | 9:06 a.m.
Two wind-whipped fires early Friday in Las Vegas, one at an apartment complex and another at a factory, both caused firefighters to call in backup help.
Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said fire broke out about 1:05 a.m. in a 16-unit single story building at Paradise Spa Apartments, 9457 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
Kulin said firefighters evacuated residents while they fought fires in two apartment units. A second alarm was requested due to heavy flames amid winds up to 20 mph. In all, 60 firefighters from the county and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded.
One man was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Kulin said. A cat died and another was removed from the flames and given rescue breathing through a pet “mask.”
The American Red Cross was called to assist at least two adults that will be displaced because of the fire. All totaled, 16 adults and several children lived in the building.
Firefighters estimate the damage to the building aound $150,000. The fire is under investigation.
About 1:08 a.m. firefighters responded to a separate fire at a pallet facility at 4073 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Kulin said. The fire also escalated to a second alarm, bringing a total of 40 firefighters to the scene.
There were no injuries reported and the fire is still under investigation.