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October 19, 2019

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Damage in fire that sent up black smoke estimated at $500,000


Brian Sandford

Black smoke from a fire rises over the Las Vegas strip about 10:50 a.m. today.

Updated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 | 3:01 p.m.

A fire this morning inside a maintenance facility at a Summerlin golf course caused about $500,000 in damage, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Crews responded about 10:30 a.m. to the Tournament Players Club storage building at 1750 N. Rampart Blvd., north of Vegas Drive, where vehicles and maintenance equipment are stored, spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The facility was full of flames, causing a thick, black smoke that could be seen across the valley.

Workers were on site, and one tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, Szymanski said.

Firefighters feared the heat would cause a 3,000-gallon fuel tank about 100 feet away to explode, so they hosed down the tank before spraying the maintenance building, he said.

About four minutes after crews arrived, the building’s roof collapsed, which smothered much of the fire and cut off the oxygen supply, Szymanski said.

Fire crews had about 75 percent of the blaze out within 10 minutes, he said, adding that they were working on tearing up the roof and smothering the fire with water and foam sticks.

The damage estimate includes the cost of both the building and the equipment inside it.

No injuries have been reported, and no other properties were damaged.

As of 3 p.m., crews were expected to be at the scene a few more hours. Traffic was set to be open.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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