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1 person killed by downtown Las Vegas fire

1 person was also injured in fire
Posted at 6:41 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 17:48:55-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE MARCH 28: The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Michael Jennings from Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner.

ORIGINAL STORY: One person is dead and another person was brought to the hospital after an apartment fire in downtown Las Vegas.

This happened near 1st Street and Gass Avenue shortly before 3:30 a.m.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, heavy flames and smoke was showing from the back of a one-story wood-frame house that was divided into four small apartments. Crews were told that someone was still inside the building.

After searching the apartment, an unconscious man was found on the floor of the bedroom. Authorities say he had severe burns and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another man was burned on the ear from the fire. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for the burn and to be checked for smoke inhalation.

Investigators believe a sofa in the living room was where the fire started, but it is undetermined what caused the fire on the sofa. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No smoke alarms were installed in the home and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says they will provide free smoke detectors and install them for people who need them.

This is the first deadly fire in the city of Las Vegas this year. Last year there were a total of five fire deaths in the city.