UPDATE: Tenants displaced after 2-alarm apartment fire; residents used extinguishers to help

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As many as 30 tenants were displaced due to a two-alarm fire Wednesday night at an apartment complex near Rainbow and Washington in the west valley.

Several people were fighting the fire using more than 20 fire extinguishers when firefighters arrived on the scene at the Accent apartment complex in the 6600 block of W. Washington Ave., according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. A total of 65 firefighters were eventually involved in putting out the fire within 30 minutes.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue says four second floor apartments sustained fire damage, and four units on the ground floor had water damage. Total damage was estimated at $150,000.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fire investigators determined the fire started outside the building on the ground next to the wall where a pile of pine needles had been left after a yard was cleaned, but investigators aren’t sure what started the fire.

Utilities to the building had to be disconnected due to the fire, so the entire building was evacuated, affecting nearly 30 tenants. The American Red Cross arrived on scene with its disaster relief team to assist the tenants.

The fast-moving fire spread to the entire attic of the building, producing thick smoke.

No injuries were reported.

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