Crews battle industrial fire west of Strip

Crews are battling a lingering fire at a warehouse just west of the Las Vegas Strip.

The fire was reported at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday at a building in the 4000 block of Bertsos Drive near West Flamingo Road and Arville Street. Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said no injuries were reported, but firefighters were still battling the blaze more than two hours later.

“The first unit to arrive found a fire in a warehouse with heavy smoke and flames,” Whitney said. “A defensive attack was launched due to the involvement of heavy flames and structural instability.”

Whitney said firefighters were working to contain the blaze while protecting nearby buildings.

“Units are still on scene actively trying to extinguish the fire and prevent further spread,” Whitney said at 11 a.m.

Whitney said the building has been vacant for almost a decade or more.

“There were several unauthorized edits,” Whitney said. “There were code enforcement violations. We have had several fires started by homeless people.

Although an investigation into Wednesday’s fire is just beginning, Whitney said there’s a good chance the cause of the blaze was the squatters who regularly gain access to the building.

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