Fire erupts at apartment complex for second time in four months

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Fire erupts at apartment complex for second time in four months

CREATED Sep. 27, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nearly two dozen people are homeless tonight after the second fire at their apartment complex in less than four months.

One resident told Action News, "I just went, moved my car real fast, so I could be in a position to get us out of dodge as fast as I could if I had to."

Flames erupted at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments on Karen near Maryland Parkway at about 5:45 Thursday night. Nearly 60 firefighters from Clark County and the City of Las Vegas arrived to find flames and smoke showing from an upstairs unit.

Derriesha Newton says the flames spread quickly. She said, "I couldn't even grab my cell phone. I have flip flops. I have nothing."

Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Erik Newman told Action News the fire spread through the attic space, which didn't have fire stops. Crews were able to put it out within half an hour, but not before flames and water damaged sixteen units and left at least twenty people homeless.

A fire the day after the Fourth of July destroyed twenty-two apartments and left nearly fifty people homeless. That blaze was blamed on fireworks. No word yet on what sparked the blaze Thursday night, but residents want Sonoma Shadows managers to do more to keep them safe.

Tracey suggested, "Fire sprinklers. You've got wood buildings. You've already lost two buildings four months ago."

Derriesha Newton said she was relieved that no one was physically injured. She told Action News, "Overall, I'm happy I'm here and that everybody made it out safe."

The Red Cross is helping displaced families that Sonoma Shadows could not move to vacant units. Damage in this second fire at the complex is estimated at $650-thousand dollars.

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