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Clark County FD: 3-alarm fire causes nearly $40M in damages in southwest Las Vegas

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Posted at 8:45 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 15:10:30-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in the southwest part of town late Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Fire crews responded to a reported fire at an apartment complex that was under construction near Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue at about 11:50 p.m. Monday.

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Arriving crews elevated the call to a second and third alarm as the fire grew due to windy conditions that sent embers into nearby neighborhoods.

The Clark County Fire Department said crews were able to knock down the flames at about 1:50 a .m. but the scene was unsafe and crews remained on scene to put out any spot fires.

"Crews did an outstanding job canvasing the exposed neighborhoods and surrounding areas, putting out tree fires, dumpster fires and preventing any other residences from becoming involved," said CCFD Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney.

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Clark County firefighters battle a 3-alarm fire an apartment complex under construction in southwest Las Vegas on Jan. 19, 2021.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation with damages estimated between $30 to $40 million, according to CCFD.

Officials say 15 engines, four trucks, two rescue units and four battalion chiefs were called to the scene for a total of 87 personnel.

No injuries were reported in the incident.