UPDATE: Second person dies following North Las Vegas fire


A second victim has died as a result of the injuries she suffered in a fire in North Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The fire was reported at 9 a.m. at a building at 2055 North Las Vegas Boulevard near E. Lake Mead Boulevard.

The first victim died at the scene of the fire. The second victim described only as an adult female, succumbed to her injuries at University Medical Center early Wednesday morning.

 Fire crews arrived about two minutes after getting the first fire call.

Inside the building were multiple people believed to be squatters. Although two people died, firefighters were able to save other people.

“They were able to pull two people out of the window. There were six victims — two with minor injuries were released on the scene,” said Assistant Fire Chief Travis Anderson, North Las Vegas Fire Dept.

Investigators determined the fire was an accident caused by squatters trying to stay warm. The fire resulted in about $100,000 in damage. 

“This winter for North Las Vegas hasn’t been too bad but squatters this time of year — people don’t have power, they don’t have gas, they’re getting creative in how to heat up their houses, and that’s when these problems happen,” Anderson said.

Around 40 people worked at the fire scene.

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