Fire at apartment construction site does up to $30 million damage

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Clark County Fire Department

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, that the Clark County Fire Department estimates did about $25 million to $30 million in damage at an apartment complex under construction near Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road.

Published Tue, Jan 19, 2021 (8:44 a.m.)

Updated Tue, Jan 19, 2021 (9:21 a.m.)

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Fire did an estimated $25 million to $30 million in damage to an apartment complex under construction near Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

A wind-whipped overnight fire did up to $30 million in damage to an apartment complex under construction in the west valley, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

Strong winds spread the blaze throughout the complex, and airborne embers sparked fires in trees and trash dumpsters up to a quarter mile away, officials said.

Nobody was injured, and the cause of the fire was under investigation, officials said.

The fire was reported shortly before midnight Monday near Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road.

The complex was heavily involved in fire, and an incident commander immediately called in a second alarm, officials said.

“While suppression efforts continued on the apartment complex, reports began coming in of small fires outside of the complex caused by the flying embers,” the fire department said in a statement.

Eventually, a third alarm was called for additional resources, officials said. In total, 15 fire engines and 87 firefighters responded.

It took about two hours to put out most of the blaze, while some small spot fires remained in the interior of the complex, officials said.

Damage was estimated at $25 million to $30 million, officials said.

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