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December 18, 2014

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Homeless man critically burned in fire at empty house

A fire at a vacant house several blocks north of the Stratosphere sent a homeless man to the hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a call of a fire at a small, one-story house about 4:05 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of New York Avenue, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

A homeless man, who was reportedly living in a tent outside the house, was taken to University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, Szymanski said.

The fire, which was mainly outside the residence, was extinguished in a few minutes and caused about $5,000 damage to the exterior of the house, Szymanski said.

Neighbors later told firefighters that the home was vacant and that homeless people were staying there, Szymanski said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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