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Downtown fire displaces 8 people

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Las Vegas-- Two downtown homes were heavily damaged in a fast-moving fire early Saturday morning.

Everyone inside the two homes were able to escape without injury. A pet dog died in the fire. The cause remains under investigation.Fire dispatchers received multiple calls at 1:34 a.m. that a house at 126 Cervantes Street, near Stewart and Eastern was on fire. A few minutes later they received another call that the fire was extending to the house next door and possibly another house.

When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, heavy flames were showing from the rear of two one-story houses at 126 and 132 Cervantes Street. Firefighters then learned that the fire was also moving to the rear of a house at 127 North 21 Street, which sits directly behind the house at 132 Cervantes Street. One of the people living in the houses stood on the property line with a garden hose and was able to keep the flames from spreading.

A second alarm was then requested. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The fire caused extensive damage to both homes and also the yard behind 127 North 21 Street. Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Fire investigators believe the fire started in the rear yard at 126 Cervantes Street. Brisk breezes fanned the flames across the yard to the rear of the house. The breezes blew the fire between the houses which acted like a wind tunnel and intensified the fire. The fire then burned between the two houses getting into the attic and it spread very quickly. 

Neighbors alerted the people in the houses to the fire. At least eight people requested assistance from the American Red Cross. 

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