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Las Vegas Apartment Complex Has Troubled History with Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- A two-alarm fire at an apartment complex has forced more than 20 people out of their homes.

The complex is a familiar address for emergency responders because it has a history of property fires.

When flames devoured the Sonoma Shadows Apartments on July 5, it made international news because a cat jumped from a second-story balcony.

The apartment building has a history of fires at the 1750 Karen Avenue address. The most recent one, Thursday night displaced over 20 residents.

"The kids came in and told us they smelled smoke, and we came out and we saw the police coming," resident Rhonda Britt said. "It was like 'Oh my God, it's happening all over again.'  Unbelievable."  

Sixteen units were damaged in the blaze that was started when someone was cooking. Neighbors couldn't believe it happened again. The July blaze, started by fireworks, caused $1.5 million in damages.

Twelve years ago, flames proved fatal at a the same complex, then known as Cedar Springs Apartments. An elderly man and three children lost their lives in a fast-moving fire.

Residents forced out by the flames hope the fire danger never strikes again.

"Whatever issues they have here needs to be fixed," displaced resident Derriesha Newton said.

The Sonoma Shadows Apartment manager had no comment and would not allow 8 News NOW on the property.

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