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Electrical problem blamed in $3 million Henderson fire

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Steve Marcus

A pickup truck at a nearby business was destroyed by a fire Tuesday in the adjacent pallet yard in Henderson near Boulder Highway and West Barrett Street.

Updated Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 5:14 p.m.

Pallet Yard Fire in Henderson

A Henderson Fire Department investigator holds a mask to his face Wednesday as he walks through rubble the day after a fire in a Henderson pallet yard near Boulder Highway and West Barrett Street. Launch slideshow »

Pallet yard fire

Sann Atkins, 36, of Las Vegas stands at the corner of Boulder Highway and King Street watching a four-alarm fire at a pallet yard across the street. Atkins is part owner of the Legacy Auto Shop, which is across the street from the yard that caught fire Tuesday.  Police and firefighters were not allowing anyone near the blaze, so at the time of the photo, Atkins did not know whether his shop had been damaged. Launch slideshow »

The Henderson Fire Department said today it determined that a pallet yard fire that caused $3 million in damage last week was likely caused by an electrical malfunction.

The fire was reported about 7:20 p.m. June 8 at IND Pallets, 400 Max Court near Boulder Highway. Henderson Deputy Fire Chief Steve Goble said it caused a significant amount of damage but no one was injured.

Officials said today that an investigation was conducted, which included the use of surveillance video, and no physical evidence could be recovered because of the severity of the blaze. The official cause was undetermined, but witness statements indicated the cause was from the use of electrical equipment in the pallet yard.

Several businesses, including a Holiday Inn hotel, had to be evacuated, authorities said.

Kenquest Medical, next to the pallet yard, lost all of its windows and has been boarded up. Goble said almost everything inside the building was lost in the fire.

He said Compassionate Pet Cremation also sustained minor damage. Owner Allen Silberstein said his building had roof damage and structural damage to walls facing the pallet yard.

The fire is one of the largest ever in Henderson, Goble said. In September 2003, a fire destroyed 349 apartments near Russell Road and Boulder Highway, causing about $10 million in damage.

Officials say the most damaging fire ever in Henderson occurred in May 1988, when a chemical fire at the Pacific Engineering Production Company of Nevada plant in erupted, killing two people, injuring more than 350 and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.

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