UPDATE: Authorities have identified the woman who died in a fire at Twain Estates Apartments on March 9 as Lynne Cassella, 61. Her death was ruled accidental, caused by inhalation of products of combustion. Original story appears below:
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) says the most probable cause of a deadly apartment fire near Arville and Twain is “improper discarding of smoking materials.” The investigation is ongoing, and losses are estimated to be between $500,000 and $1 million.
Fire crews responded to the 2-alarm structure fire at the Twain Estates Apartments Tuesday morning. They confirmed one fatality and four injuries.
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According to CCFD Battalion Chief Rian Glassford, the call came in as a high-level fire call.
The fire was upgraded by command to a second alarm which added 4 additional engines, a second truck and a Third Battalion Chief.
According to Glassford, there was heavy smoke and fire showing form the downstairs apartment. As firefighters got closer, they heard calls for help and began rescue operations. It appears the fire started downstairs in this apartment complex, burned into the upstairs area and quickly spread to the attic area.
Although fire crews were able to contain the fire to one unit, the roof came down and eight units were damaged, Glassford said, “We want to make sure that we’re saving lives before we save the property,” praising firefighting crews for their quick actions.
According to CCFD, adjourning buildings were evacuated. Thirteen adults and one child have been displaced by the fire. Red Cross is helping those families.
Crews are continuing to work on this fire. Glassford says this complex has caught fire before:
“Over the years, there’s been fires in this apartment complex. It’s challenging for our men and women who respond due to the layout.”
A neighbor shot video as fire crews arrived on scene. A barefoot man was seen in the footage helping firefighters with their work and tending to a person on the ground. The woman who took the video tells 8 News Now it brings some light to this tragedy.
“You see somebody, like, jump into action and just naturally hope that everybody is like that,” said Deseret Klein. “And to see a neighbor so close and willing to run around the trash cans barefoot, it made me feel good.”
She, like many others here and across the valley, could see the smoke. Who that man is, though, we don’t yet know.
In all, four units were affected in the incident. The investigation could take several days, depending on the damage.