LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Firefighters from the city and county responded to a large fire in a vacant commercial building just east of Las Vegas Boulevard Thursday morning.

The fire was reported at 6:20 a.m. at 2127 Paradise Road, near Sahara Avenue. Around 45 firefighters responded.

According to Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas Touchstone, there was heavy fire with smoke when crews arrived on the scene. He said the situation was dangerous so a decision was made to attack the fire from the outside of the building.

Paradise Road is closed between St. Louis and East Sahara Avenue.

Fire at a vacant building on Paradise Road near Sahara Avenue on Dec. 2, 2021. (KLAS-TV)

The fire created a large plume of smoke that could be seen from around the valley.

“When I first came out the smoke was so thick,” said Yalonda Coleman. “It looks like they are still having a hard time with the flames, getting it out.”

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Syzmanski, the building has had issues with squatters in the past.

“I just pray no one was inside cause it is a place the homeless use it,” Coleman said.

She said the building has been an ongoing problem and has had fires in the past, including one a few weeks ago.

No one was injured in the fire and the building is considered a total loss.

The fire is under investigation.