On Tuesday afternoon, Clark County Fire Department faced a hefty challenge in the southwest Las Vegas Valley. Witnesses described hearing loud popping noises that sounded like car backfires or someone throwing wood off the roof. Moments later, a two-alarm fire spread rapidly throughout the apartment complex under construction.
Potent winds fueled the flames, releasing a blanket of smoke that covered the nearby 215 freeway and forced its closure. Firefighters from at least 20 units rushed to the scene and more were on the way.
The Battalion Chief officially declared a second-alarm due to the sheer magnitude of the blaze.
Crews worked tirelessly to contain the fire and limit the damage to other nearby properties, with no reported injuries to the construction crew at the onset of the inferno.
Although the cause remains under investigation, it appears to have originated either on the roof or upper floor of the building. The Clark County Fire Department is using all available resources to protect the community and lessen the destruction inflicted by the fire.
On a second day of battling the flames the apartment has completely been destroyed and will be left to burn down.