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Building catches fire in downtown Las Vegas

Posted at 2:27 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-16 21:41:55-04

A building caught fire in downtown Las Vegas Saturday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 1:55 p.m. in the 300 block of North 8th Street, just north of Stewart Avenue.

The fire destroyed the small shed, which was built in 1937, which was used for storage for the people who live in the very small apartments on the property. The fire spread to an apartment next door and got into the attic.

Firefighters quickly put the fire out, but not before it caused enough damage to displace the occupant, which is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

A NV Energy power pole caught fire which caused a number of live power lines to fall to the ground, which in turn started some small grass fires on the ground. Power had to be shut off to the wires before firefighters could put the small fires out. The outage caused several traffic lights in the area to go out of service for a short while.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The damages are estimated at $20,000.

There were no reported injuries.