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September 1, 2014

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Four kids, two adults forced from home in fire near Clark High School

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Courtesy of Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

A fire burned through three carports and destroyed utility lines early Saturday at the Bradford Townhomes complex in the 3900 block of Hartford Place.

Fire at condo complex

Four children and two adults were forced from their home this morning after a fire ripped through several carports and destroyed utility lines inside a condominium complex next to Clark High School.

Firefighters were summoned to the Bradford Townhomes complex in the 3900 block of Hartford Place shortly before 5 a.m. after residents saw the burning carports, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The fire burned one vehicle and three carport units. Two of the burned carports were destroyed.

Natural gas and power lines linked to the condos behind the burned carports were damaged, and a family inside was forced to evacuate. Volunteers with the American Red Cross are helping the family find temporary shelter until the lines are fixed. Szymanski said the repairs could take several days to complete.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Investigators have not determined what sparked the blaze, which caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damage.

Witnesses told officials they heard screams coming from a carport shortly before they noticed the flames. Several homeless people who had been staying inside two vacant condos directly behind the burned carports were then spotted running away from the area with their belongings.

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