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Firefighter, squatter injured in fire at vacant downtown hotel early Saturday

Crews respond to a fire that sparked inside a vacant motel on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (Screenshot courtesy Las Vegas Fire & Rescue)

A squatter was seriously injured when he jumped from a second-story window and a firefighter suffered a shoulder injury in a fire at a vacant downtown hotel early Saturday.

Las Vegas, Clark County and North Las Vegas firefighters responded to the vacant building at 232 S. Seventh St. after dispatchers received calls at 2:40 a.m. that smoke was coming from a two-story boarded up vacant motel.

When firefighters arrived, several squatters were seen running from the building. One of them jumped from a second-story window to the sidewalk below and was seriously injured. The person was transported to the trauma unit at University Medical Center. Police were told by squatters that left the building that there may have been additional people still inside the burning building. A second alarm was then requested to bring additional resources and personnel.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes. A quick search of the building found one other uninjured person inside the building.

One firefighter sustained a shoulder injury and was transported to at UMC.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building, which had no active utilities connected, is being used by squatters according to people who work and live in the area. There have been fires at the property in the past.

Fire crews were expected to remain on scene for several hours dousing any remaining hot spots to prevent a flare up of another fire.


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