LAS VEGAS (KXNT) — A three-alarm fire late Saturday night tore through a Las Vegas strip mall late Saturday night, gutting the new Las Vegas Culture Center, which opened only two months ago.
Crews responded to the location on 900 block of South Valley View Boulevard around 11:45 p.m. Saturday following numerous 911 calls of a fire inside the new center, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.Video courtesy Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Within minutes of crews arriving, flames became visible from the center’s roof and stretching to the attached strip mall, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Tim Szymanski said. Ultimately, the fire grew to three alarms, attracting almost 75 firefighters to battle the flames. It took crews about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
Officials estimate damages of around $1 million, including extensive to near total damage to the center. Since its opening, the Asian Culture Center has focused on offering classes and public forums for members of Las Vegas’ Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.