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70 residents displaced by large fire at Encantada Apartments

Krista Hostetler

Photo Courtesy: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

70 residents displaced by large fire at Encantada Apartments

CREATED Jun. 16, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A fire broke out at an apartment complex in the Valley Sunday morning.

It happened around 6:45 a.m. at the Encantada Apartment complex in the 400 block of North 28th Street, near U.S. 95 and Eastern.

Fire crews said the fire appeared to have started on the second floor and then spread to the attic.

Two people were injured and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

One of them escaped outside, while the other had to jump from a second floor balcony to the ground. The first person tried to catch the other, and both were injured in the fall. One of the two people also had slight smoke inhalation.

"They were both taken to a hospital to be checked out," said Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

Several buildings nearby the apartment complex were evacuated as a precaution.

Szymanski said this was the largest fire in the City of Las Vegas so far this year.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Damage was estimated at $300,000 to the 24 unit, 3 story apartment building.

The American Red Cross is assisting approximately 70 residents who have been displaced.

A total of 85 firefighters with 30 pieces of equipment responded to the fire. It took them 90 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Local resident Carl Fog was passing by in his car while firefighters were battling the blaze, "You could see they were having a hard time fighting it because they'd get water on the fire and the smoke would get black and then white, and then black again."

Firefighters were expected to remain on the scene for several hours, pouring water on hot spots throughout Sunday.

If you would like to make a donation to help local families who have lost their homes to fire, please call (702) 369-3674 or click here.