Fire In Downtown Arts District Overnight

Building Was Vacant. No Injuries

Mitch Kelly
August 21, 2019 - 6:06 am

Las Vegas Fire And Rescue

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Firefighters from Las Vegas and Clark County responded to a two-alarm vacant building fire in the arts district downtown Tuesday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries.

Fire dispatchers received numerous 9-1-1calls at just before 8;30pm that a large building on the corner Charleston and Main Street had heavy black smoke coming from it. When firefighters arrived heavy smoke and some fire was showing from a two story building.

The fire had  burned through the roof just after arrival by the firefighters, producing a thick cloud of smoke that covered the arts district. It hung close to the ground and was so thick that visibility was nearly zero at times.

As a precaution, police closed Charleston and Main to prevent a possible accident due to no visibility.

Firefighters had the fire out around 10:00 p.m. It appears the fire started on the first floor of the building. There were indications that homeless people were staying in the building.

By 11:30 p.m. all units cleared the scene.