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Firefighters say apartment blaze is valley’s biggest fire of the year

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Symanski, right, works on a report at the site of a three-alarm apartment fire at 28th Street and Cedar Avenue Sunday, June 16, 2013. Two people suffered minor injuries, Szymanski said.

Three-Alarm Apartment Fire

Firefighters pull hose after putting out a three-alarm apartment fire at 28th Street and Cedar Avenue Sunday, June 16, 2013. Two people suffered minor injuries, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said. Launch slideshow »

Apartment fire

A massive fire in an apartment complex caused about $300,000 in damage and two minor injuries and forced the evacuation of about 50 people in what firefighters are calling the biggest fire of the year on Sunday morning.

The blaze was called in at 6:48 a.m. Sunday on the second floor of an apartment complex on N. 28th Street, near Eastern Avenue and U.S. 95, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said. The fire was extinguished several hours later, he said.

The fire started in a second-story apartment and spread to an electrical conduit and attic above the apartment, Szymanski said. The fire destroyed the roof of the wood-framed apartment complex, he said.

A woman was injured when jumping from the second story of the complex to escape the fire, and a man who tried to catch her also was injured, Szymanski said. Both suffered minor injuries and were taken to University Medical Center, he said.

About 50 firefighters from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire Department, North Las Vegas Fire Department and other agencies responded to the blaze, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The American Red Cross provided assistance to those displaced by the fire and will follow up with residents to ensure they are supported, spokeswoman La'Shana Smith said.

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