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The Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to multiple calls of a fire in a High Rise Structure on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Clark County Fire Department)
The Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to multiple calls of a fire in a High Rise Structure on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Clark County Fire Department)
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Updated: 4/26/2013 10:58 am
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to multiple calls of a fire Thursday in a high-rise structure on the Las Vegas Strip.

Callers were reporting just before 8:30 p.m. heavy flames and black smoke from a balcony of the fifth floor of the HRC Sky Condos located at 2700 Las Vegas Boulevard South, on the west side of the strip north of Circus Circus, and across the street from the Fountain Bleu project.

Security was evacuating the fifth floor, and reporting a jacuzzi tub on fire on a balcony outside of Room 507.

The first units to arrive were a rescue and engine from CCFD station 12 (3050 Industrial Road). They established a command structure, and requested a second alarm to the location, which is a standard procedure for working fires in a high rise building. A second alarm brought a total of 12 engines, 5 trucks, 7 rescues, 5 battalion chiefs, 1 fire chief, 2 EMS supervisors, 1 heavy rescue, 1 air resource unit, and a rehab unit to the scene. A total of 98 personnel responded.

High Rise fires are difficult to fight because of the access problems and time required to get personnel and equipment up and in position to fight the fire, and the need to supply and utilize fire hose standpipes for water supply.

Of the 98 personnel that responded, approximately 42 were given assignments on the fire. The remaining equipment and personnel were staged until it was determined that the fire was under control, and had not extended into the high rise itself.

The Sky Condo building is 45 stories tall.

The call came into dispatch at 8:26 p.m., and by 8:39 p.m., crews were applying water to the fire. Apartment 507, on the fifth floor of the building, has a private patio with a fiberglass jacuzzi. Crews found the jacuzzi fully involved, with fire extending into adjacent landscaping.

The fire destroyed the jacuzzi, and damaged adjacent walls, flooring, and landscaping. Damage was estimated at $20,000.

Two security officers were transported by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue to UMC Trauma for nonlife-threatening injuries they sustained attempting to fight the fire. There were no firefighter or occupant injuries.

-- From news release
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