Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - A man was taken to the hospital with minor burns after a homeless camp he was sleeping in caught fire late Tuesday night. The camp was at the rear of a very large warehouse on Industrial Road behind the STRAT. It took firefighters from three departments nearly three hours to douse the blaze. There were no reported injuries.
The initial call was received at 11:30 p.m. that a large warehouse to the rear of 1818 Industrial Road had smoke coming from it.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they were met by the man who was burned. A few minutes later the fire grew in intensity and a full first alarm was dispatched. Shortly after that flames started to burn through the roof. A second alarm along with additional special equipment was sent to the fire. A total of 30 pieces of equipment with over 75 fire personnel responded from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire Department and North Las Vegas Fire Department.
The fire was declared under control and out at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Fire investigators determined the fire started in the homeless camp which is to the rear of the building along railroad tracks. Damage to the building is estimated at $1 million.
This is the second homeless person burned during an outside fire on Tuesday. Another man was burned between a concrete wall and a business in the 2400 block of Pardee Place at 3:50 a.m. That person was taken to the hospital with serious burns to the legs. There was no damage to any buildings or property.