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Downtown vacant house fire under investigation

Downtown vacant house fire under investigation

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jun 1, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Firefighters were called to a vacant house fire Friday evening on North 1st Street, near Main and Bonanza.

It happened just before 10:30 p.m. at a home located just one block west of the main downtown Las Vegas fire station.

When crews arrived, they found an older two-story house fully involved with fire and it appeared the house was about to cave in or collapse.

Since the fire was being attacked from the outside, firefighters were unable to put water directly on the main bulk of the fire which was deep seated.

Firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby homes. It took about one hour to put the flames out.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Neighbors told investigators and police the house has been vacant for several months and was being used by homeless people.

A damage estimate was not immediately available, but the house was extensively damaged.

There were no injuries reported.

Bonanza Road was closed between Main Street and Casino Center Boulevard for about two hours because of fire hoses crossing the street.