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8 displaced in early morning apartment fire

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 21:45:10-04

Eight people were displaced in an early Saturday morning apartment fire.

The fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. in the 3300 block of Casey Drive, near Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road.

Upon arrival, Clark County firefighters reported a two-story apartment structure with eight units in the building and smoke showing. They requested 4 additional engines to assist with the fire that was hidden and slow burning that was found between the trusses of the first and second floors.

The crews made an offensive attack putting the fire out in approximately 25 minutes.

Blake Gonzales, who lives next door to where the fire started, says his girlfriend was doing laundry at the time.

"There was just smoke billowing out of the top light in our closet and she started smelling something and freaking out," he said. "Someone was banging on our door saying just get out of the apartment, there's a fire."

Smoke seeped into several apartments, forcing one man to finish his night's sleep in his car.

The fire is currently under investigation. Damages have been estimated at $50,000.

American Red Cross was requested as a result of the fire to assist with two of the three families that were displaced.

There were no injuries reported.