LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Residents of the Stewart Arms Apartments were evacuated late Tuesday afternoon because of an apartment fire. The complex is located at 230 N. Eleventh Street near Stewart Avenue and N.11th Street. 8 News Now viewer Jon Deslaurier sent video of the fire.
According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, the 2-alarm fire started in a studio apartment on the second floor of a three-story garden style apartment building. On arrival heavy smoke was showing. There were reports that some people could not escape the third floor because of the smoke.
The fire in the studio apartment was extinguished in less than ten minutes and confined to the apartment. People who were trapped by the smoke on the third floor were escorted by firefighters to safety and checked by paramedics as a precaution.
No one needed medical attention. The early report of multiple smoke inhalation victims were also unfounded, Las Vegas Fire said.
3:55PM UPDATE: KNOCKDOWN on fire, fire confined to original fire apt, no extension, a few people being checked for smoke inhalation, situation under control, cause U/I, crews checking for hot spots. #PIO1NEWS https://t.co/afheC7MzIc — Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) May 7, 2019
One person was checked for smoke inhalation, treated and released. A few people who were evacuated with pre-existing medical conditions were checked by paramedics as a precaution. No one was taken to the hospital during the incident.
During the investigation phase, approximately 75 people stood outside waiting to return to their apartments when a sudden rain occurred with gusty winds. An RTC bus was brought to the scene for the people to take shelter in it until they could return to their apartments.
Four people were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting them.
The cause of the fire is undetermined. Las Vegas fire said the blaze caused $50,000 in damage. The damage was confined to the one apartment.
There are fire alarms in the building and they operated to notify occupants of the fire.