A raging fire destroys 2 apartment buildings in Las Vegas destroying 22 apartments. Flames from the blaze could be seen across the valley.
The fire at the apartment complex, Sonoma Shadows, located at 1750 Karen Avenue has reportedly left nearly 46 people homeless and 4 people injured.
Firefighters responded to the fire on Thursday evening at approximately 6:45pm. The LVRJ reported that Girard Page, a senior deputy fire chief with the county Fire Department, said it took 68 firefighters about two hours to put out the flames. The blaze spread quickly through attic space in the two-story buildings.
Osman Rodriguez, a resident at Sonoma Shadows apartments, said he called 911 from his mother-in-law’s apartment after smelling heavy smoke and looking outside to see one apartment engulfed in flam
Rodriguez said, “It was huge. There were flames everywhere”
Other neighbors cheered when a black cat jumped to safety from a balcony on of one of the apartments affected by the blaze.
Others waiting patiently in the street, at safe distance away, wondering how bad the damage to their apartments would be.
It is believed that fireworks caused the fire. Nevada has some very strict laws concerning fireworks. After July 4 is over, you may no longer possess or use them. It is not known at this time, if any arrests will be made for possession of fireqorks since the fire occurred on July 5th.
With Nevada continuing to face double digit unemployment and the recent cessation of Nevada State Extended Benefits Unemployment program, a tragic event like a fire can completely wipe a family out that already is facing dwindling resources.
The Red Cross of Southern Nevada, offers assistance at no charge. Their phone number is (702) 791-3311. Only last month, the Red Cross put out call asking for donations due to a general increase throughout the Las Vegas valley.
Another resource available for those seeking assistance is the United Way of Southern Nevada. Their phone number is 702.892.2300.