Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 | 10:25 a.m.
Vacant home catches fire
A vacant home burst into flames Monday morning near the Strip.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to the fire at about 1:35 a.m. at 3013 Alcoa Ave., near Richfield Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find that heavy flames and smoke had already engulfed the rear of the home and made it too hot to fight from the inside, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the fire. No one was injured. The flames gutted the rear of the house, causing about $150,000 in damage, Szymanski said.
Szymanski said the home had been vacant since July due to substandard housing levels, according to a notice from the Las Vegas Building and Safety Department. Neighbors told fire investigators that squatters had moved into the house after it closed and were seen coming and going often.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is investigating the fire.