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July 30, 2014

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2 suffer smoke inhalation in downtown Las Vegas apartment fire

Two people suffered mild smoke inhalation Thursday morning when a vacant apartment caught fire in downtown Las Vegas, causing about $15,000 damage.

Firefighters responded to the blaze about 7 a.m. after two workers spotted smoke billowing from a vacant, second-floor unit undergoing a remodel at the apartment complex at 10th and Stewart streets, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

Firefighters contained the fire to the vacant apartment, but several residents in surrounding units were evacuated because of the smoke, he said.

Two residents suffered minor smoke inhalation but refused to go to the hospital, Szymanski said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Szymanski said.

The blaze was the second at an apartment complex this week, coming on the heels of a large fire Sunday near Eastern Avenue and U.S. 95 that displaced 70 residents and caused more than $350,000 damage.

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