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Vacant house fire under investigation

Posted at 1:53 PM, Nov 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-22 16:53:03-05

Firefighters are investigating a blaze after a person was reportedly seen leaving the house just before the fire started.

The fire occurred at a vacant home around 2:20 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard, near Martin Luther King Boulevard.

When firefighters arrived heavy smoke was showing from the boarded up home. Firefighters forced entry and had the fire out in a few minutes. 

Trash burned in the building.  Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said it appeared that squatters were using the building for shelter. 

A damage estimate was not determined because the house has burned before and it was unclear which damage was caused by the fire Saturday and from previous fires.
A person was seen leaving the building just after the fire started.  Witnesses told police the person crawled out of the building and went to a nearby bar.  When fire investigators and police questioned the person, the person denied being in the building and no one could make a positive identification.

No injuries were reported.