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Model homes being built in southwest valley burn in early morning fire

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Three model homes under construction in the southwest valley were burned in a two-alarm fire early Saturday.

The fire was reported at 5:13 a.m. near South Fort Apache Road and West Hacienda Avenue.

Dispatchers received multiple calls about model homes being on fire. The first arriving Clark Country Fire Department units reported a line of four model homes, of which the middle two were actively burning. A third house was being exposed to flames and was close to becoming involved as well.

A second alarm was sounded, bringing additional units and personnel from CCFD and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

A defensive operation was initiated with water was applied in high volume from the exterior with no immediate entry into the involved structures.

The structures involved were in various stages of completion, with the middle two being framed only, exposing large amounts of unprotected lumber to high heat and flames.

The third structure was nearly complete and had been roofed and wrapped with stucco. An interior attack was initiated on this building, but it ultimately sustained heavy damage.

The two frame-only units were a total loss. The fourth home sustained heat damage, but it is unknown what the total damage assessment will ultimately be.

CCFD investigators are on scene at this time trying to determine a cause and estimate a dollar loss figure.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury, but didn’t require transport and was able to return to work.

Roads in the area have reopened.

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