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Woman Killed in Apartment Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- A woman died in an apartment fire at Oakey and Valley View boulevards Wednesday afternoon, according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. 

Las Vegas Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said the woman, in her 60s, lived with her sister in the apartment. When the sister took her dog for a walk, she returned to find their apartment on fire.

Szymanski said the woman was smoking before the fire started and the blaze might have been sparked by a lit cigarette.

"Most of the time what takes the work isn't the firefighting, but actually evacuating those people," Szymanski said. "Regardless if you live in a senior complex or a single family home, evacuation is paramount during a fire emergency and you should practice."

Resident Connie Vieira said it was something she'd never seen before. Word quickly spread in this tight knit complex it was a woman she had seen before.

"I just known her for her dogs because I have a dog as well and I seen her when I walk my dogs," Vieira said. "It's a tragedy because I know who she was, it was awful."

The woman was found in one of the bedrooms.

The fire was first reported just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Crews were able to confine the fire to one apartment.

Damage to that unit was estimated at $50,000. 

The unit above had light smoke damage to the interior; damage was estimated at $15,000.

Today's fatal fire is the second this year in Las Vegas.  Last year there were a total of five deaths due to fire.

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