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Two squatters treated for smoke inhalation after morning fire

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue extinguished a fire on the exterior of a vacant house at 556 E. Oakey Blvd. During a search of the interior of the home, firefighters discovered a homeless man and woman sleeping inside, fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said. The two were taken to University Medical Center for treatment for smoke inhalation. The fire occurred about 8:35 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Updated Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.

Fire extinguished

Two homeless people apparently squatting in a vacated home near downtown Las Vegas were treated for minor smoke inhalation today after a sofa in the backyard of the house caught fire.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded about 8:35 a.m. to reports of flames coming from the backyard at 556 E. Oakey Blvd. Firefighters extinguished the flames on the house's exterior. During a search of the interior of the home, firefighters discovered a homeless man and woman sleeping inside the house, fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The two were able to leave the house on their own but were transported to University Medical Center for treatment of minor smoke inhalation, Szymanski said.

The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $10,000 damage, is under investigation.

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