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A Pair Of Apartment Fires Cause Multiple Evacuations

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(Las Vegas, NV) —  Clark County fire officials say they rescued a husband and wife who were trapped in the back bedroom of a burning apartment after tossing two children to a neighbor below.

Authorities say they responded about 2:30 a.m. Friday to a fire at the Conejo Villas Apartments on West Hacienda Avenue, near Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.

Firefighters say heavy smoke and flames were visible near the front entrance of a second-floor apartment when they arrived. Crews say they used a ladder to help the two adults escape through a bedroom window.

Officials say the couple had already dropped two children to a neighbor below the window before firefighters arrived.

Investigators say the fire was caused by flammable material that was too close to a water heater on the apartment’s patio.

Also, authorities say a pan being heated on a stove is to blame for a Las Vegas apartment fire that displaced at least 20 people and caused an estimated $650,000 in damage.

Clark County fire officials say they responded a little before 6 p.m. Thursday to a fire on the 1700 block of East Karen Avenue. That’s near the intersection of East Sahara Avenue and South Maryland Parkway.

Authorities say they found smoke and flames coming from the second-story window of the eight-unit apartment complex and evacuated building. They say they put out the blaze in about 30 minutes.

No injuries have been reported. Officials say the four upstairs apartments have fire damage and the four downstairs units have water damage. None of the units were habitable immediately after the blaze

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