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Four suffer smoke inhalation in 10th Street condo fire

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Updated: 6/20/2013 1:06 pm
LAS VEGAS – Fire investigators have ruled a fire that gutted one unit at the Carmen Condominium building in the 300 block of North 10th Street Thursday morning as undetermined.

According to a news release from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, dispatchers received several calls that smoke was coming from the three-story wood frame/stucco building just before 7:15 a.m. On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the building. They entered the stairways and found the fire in a second-floor apartment. They were able to knock down the fire in a few minutes.

Thick smoke on the second and third floors of the building, which has 34 apartments, made it difficult for people to see while evacuating. Four people were assisted by firefighters and checked out for minor smoke inhalation. They refused to be taken to the hospital.

Damage was confined to the one unit, which is currently being renovated. Employees arrived after 7 a.m. to work on the apartment and found smoke coming from it. They called 9-1-1.

Investigators were not able to pinpoint the exact cause. It remains under investigation. Residents were able to return to the apartments about an hour later.

-- From news release
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