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'Historic' fire in downtown Las Vegas burns at least 10 buildings


At least 10 buildings were damaged or destroyed and more than two dozen vehicles were burned in a four-alarm fire in downtown Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday.

They said only one minor injury was reported — a person treated for smoke inhalation at the scene — and about 100 people went to an evacuation center.

The exact number of buildings, condo units, businesses and vehicles that were damaged was still being counted Sunday afternoon.

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said the cause of the fire was under investigation and it’s believed it started in a building under construction.

Authorities said fire crews were returning to their station from a previous call when they noticed a large column of smoke in the downtown area around 1 a.m.


They said a building under construction inside a condominium complex was found engulfed in flames, threatening several nearby occupied condos.

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Firefighters woke residents, telling them to evacuate as soon as possible.

Authorities said a power pole near one building caught fire and fell, bringing down several power lines which led to a large power outage downtown.

Additional fire crews were called in from North Las Vegas and Clark County before the blaze was deemed under control by 6 a.m.