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Apartment Fire Ruled Accidental

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LAS VEGAS -- An apartment fire that displaced 25 people Thursday night has been ruled accidental by Las Vegas fire officials.

The fire started in a utility chase on the second floor, went up into attic and spread from there. Fire investigators say careless smoking caused the fire. Damage is being put at $750,000.

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The 16-unit apartment fire left many units badly damaged, but all residents escaped safely.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to the two-alarm blaze at Ashford Manor near Jones Boulevard and Smoke Ranch Road. The fire started shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Fire officials say some residents were unaware of the fire because it started in the attic of an apartment. It took crews three hours to bring the blaze under control. There were concerns the windy weather would cause the fire to spread to neighboring buildings. There were no reported injuries, but one girl was treated for asthma.

"It was just a small flame -- you could barely see it -- and then within 10 minutes, there was a minor explosion then it blew part of the roof off," said Burke Rhett.

The fire took three hours to fight with the wind a huge factor. It took almost 6,000 gallons a minute to make sure it didn't spread to other buildings.

Fire officials say at this point they are not allowing residents to go back into their apartments because even moving one thing could hurt their investigation.

"When a fire occurs, things fall down in a certain pattern, they lean in a certain way, the color of the object, that all helps us determined what happened in that room," said Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

The American Red Cross sent volunteers to the scene of the fire. They are assisting the 25 displaced residents. The Southern Nevada Chapter responds to a local disaster on average every 30 hours.

For many, the fire has created a total loss because most don't have renter's insurance. Fire officials say even a few dollars a month can help people replace things during something like this.

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