Daily US Times, Las Vegas: Six people were dead, and thirteen others were injured in an early morning fire in Las Vegas. The fire is considered ‘the worst fire fatality’ in Las Vegas Fire Department history.
The fire broke out at 4.15 am local time in a three-story building named Alpine Motel Apartments on Ogden Street and Stewart Avenue in the downtown area.
The fire department said five of the injured were in critical condition and that several residents were hanging out of windows as firefighters arrived. Several jumped, including a pregnant woman and were injured. The pregnant is in critical condition now, the department said.
When the firefighters arrived in the schene, heavy smoke and high heat were coming from the building, the Las Vegas Fire Department reported.
Residents of the engulfed unit said their apartment did not have heat and they were using the stove for warmth.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide investigators ruled the fire ‘accidental and not criminal.’
Timothy Szymanski, the public information officer with the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, described the fire as the worst in the department’s history.
According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, at least 50 people were displaced by the fire. The damage is currently estimated at $475,000, KTVN reported.
No firefighter was injured.
Just after the fire broke out, Red Cross announced they are assisting displaced people at a nearby school.