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New fire station responds to apartment fire even before grand opening

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Updated: 8/18/2014 7:09 am
LAS VEGAS -- A woman was sent to the hospital Saturday afternoon after a fire in the garage of the duplex where she lives.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no other reported injuries.

Fire dispatchers received multiple calls at 4:27 p.m. that smoke was coming from one of two apartments at 4329 Sunrise Ave. (Lamb/Stewart). On arrival, smoke was coming out the front door and firefighters were advised that everyone was out of the apartment. Firefighters went into the apartment and discovered the fire was in a trash can in the garage. The fire was put out in a few minutes.

Fire damage was confined to the area around the trash can in the garage; there was smoke damage throughout the rest of the apartment. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The only person home at the time of the fire was taken to the hospital to be checked out for possible smoke inhalation. Fire investigators need to talk to the occupant as part of the investigation.

The first engine to arrive on scene was LVFR Engine 108, which responded from the new Fire Station 108 that went into service on Thursday. The new station is only a few blocks from where the fire occurred today and response time was a couple of minutes sooner because of the location of the new station. It was the engine’s first working fire since it went into operation.

Currently, crews are running out of the station as they put the final touches to the building as construction is being completed. Fire crews are busy getting situated, installing equipment and making final preparations before construction crews leave the site. The station is currently open to only city employees working on site and construction workers. The station will open to the public during a grand opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 27.

-- LVF&R news release



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