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Eleven People Displaced After Two-Alarm Fire In Henderson

Technicians Were Working On Air Handler In Attic And Ignited Debris

April 18, 2019 - 1:17 pm

HENDERSON, NV (KXNT) - A two-alarm fire at Martinique Bay Apartments last night displaced 11 Henderson residents and caused $300,000 in damage.

The Henderson Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3000 High View Dr., near Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road, at about 6:45 p.m. on April 17. The first arriving engine crew observed heavy smoke coming from the roof of a two-story apartment building and requested a second alarm calling for additional resources.

Firefighters first organized an offensive fire attack and entered the structure but a partial roof collapse during firefighting operations prompted them to exit and take a defensive attack from the exterior before bringing the fire under control.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental. Technicians working on an air handler in the attic above one of the apartments ignited combustible debris. They tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, but the flames spread too quickly, and they were forced to evacuate and call 9-1-1.

There were no injuries to residents or firefighters. Eight adults and three children were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Six apartment units suffered fire, smoke and water damage.

Henderson Fire sent six engines, two trucks, three rescue units and an air resource apparatus to the scene and were assisted with additional resources from the Clark County Fire Department.

A City of Henderson senior fire investigator and NV Energy responded to help secure the property and the Henderson Police Department assisted with evacuations and traffic control.