Deadline For Downtown Fire Victims To Apply For Help Looming

Those Affected By Alpine Blaze Must Apply By Thursday

Mitch Kelly
January 27, 2020 - 6:42 am
Scene of Fire at the Alpine Apartments on 12-21-19

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Officials are reminding anyone who was displaced by last month's fatal fire at the Alpine Apartments downtown has until this Thursday to apply for assistance

To contact the Social Service Department call 702-455-5722 or email SSAdmin@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Since the fire on December 21, City and County staff have evaluated the needs of 46 people who were living at the apartments. Among those, 39 people belonging to 24 households have been provided temporary housing assistance. Some apartment residents declined assistance.

Among those receiving assistance, the County is currently assisting 32 people and the city is helping seven people. City and County staff are working with those households to find them permanent housing and address any other issues they may be facing. As the assistance and needs for each household vary, the duration of the assistance will also vary. The assistance provided so far has included rent payments, household supplies, bus passes, and help obtaining new identification.

The county says that they believe 13 people who were living in the apartments at the time of the fire who have not come forward to seek any assistance.

City and County officials have tried numerous times to contact those people and are reaching out to them again with information about the upcoming deadline.

Anyone who reaches out to Social Service after the Jan. 30 deadline would be evaluated and potentially assisted through the department’s traditional programs.

6 people were killed in the blaze, which investigators say was caused by a stove that was turned on to heat one of the units. It was the deadliest residential fire in Las Vegas' history.