LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFAR) says a body was found in a vacant wedding chapel that was destroyed by a two-alarm fire Tuesday night. The building was located near the STRAT on South Las Vegas Boulevard.
Firefighters found the body when they returned to the scene to investigate what caused the blaze.
Damages were estimated to total $1 million, according to LVFAR.
Authorities say several 911 calls were received reporting thick smoke coming from a “large white building” at 1431 South Las Vegas Boulevard.
Some reports also indicated someone may have been inside the building, according to LVFAR. There were no injuries reported Tuesday night, but firefighters learned otherwise on Wednesday morning.
Arriving crews observed thick smoke coming from the one-story building. Authorities say the structure was boarded up and appeared secured.
At least 30 units and 70 personnel battled the fire at its most intense point. Responding fire crews came from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County.
LVFAR says South Las Vegas Boulevard was expected to remain closed overnight as personnel remained on scene.
There are reports the building used to be a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in the 60s and had been vacant since 2018.
Fire officials say they are now investigating the wedding chapel fire as a fatal fire.