Three apartments damaged after fire near Swenson and Desert Inn

Crews battle a fire Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Villas at Desert Pointe on the 900 block of Sierra Vista Drive in Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire Department)

Nearly 50 fire department personnel were needed to knock down a fire Wednesday morning at an apartment complex east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Crews received multiple calls of a fire just after 1 a.m. on the third floor at Villas at Desert Pointe on the 900 block of Sierra Vista Drive, near Swenson Street and East Desert Inn Road, according to a Clark County Fire Department news release.

Crews knocked down the visible exterior fire and quickly moved interior to evacuate, ventilate, and extinguish the fire inside the apartment.

The fire apartment suffered heavy damage as well as two apartments below suffered water damage. It is unknown how many occupants between the three apartments had to be relocated.

There is some question whether the fire apartment was occupied or if squatters were living there.

There were no injuries reported. Damage is estimated at $75,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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