Nearly 100 fire personnel responded to a three alarm fire that started in an auto storage yard on the far southwest side of downtown Las Vegas Friday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries.
Fire dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 6:30 p.m. of a trash/brush fire along the railroad tracks between Industrial Road and Western Avenue north of Wyoming Avenue. One fire engine was dispatched and when they arrived on scene, it was unclear from which side the fire should be attacked. As the engine drove down Industrial Road, an employee of the auto yard flagged down the firefighters and advised them the brush fire was at the end of the property and at least four autos were now on fire. The crew asked for a full first alarm response for more equipment and personnel.
Winds were stiff from the northwest gusting between 30 and 40 miles per hour fanning the flames, quickly spreading to other autos. A second alarm was then requested.
The main body of fire was advancing toward the main building and two large fuel storage tanks. There was also the concern the wind could pick up burning embers and spread them to other roof tops in the area. A third alarm was then requested for additional resources. A total of 95 personnel and 35 units would respond to the scene before the fire was brought under control at 8:15 p.m.
Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to any buildings and the fuel tanks. They confined it to the auto yard which contained approximately 100 vehicles of more. The exact number was not known.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. A damage amount was not available immediately, it will take some time to determine the extent of the damage.
Firefighters will be staying on scene all night looking for hotspots and dousing any flare ups.