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Vegas apartment fire leaves 70 homeless

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An apartment building was left in ruins after a fire ripped through it. (Les Krifaton/FOX5) An apartment building was left in ruins after a fire ripped through it. (Les Krifaton/FOX5)
A firefighter walks through the rubble of a burned apartment building in Las Vegas. (Source: LVFR) A firefighter walks through the rubble of a burned apartment building in Las Vegas. (Source: LVFR)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Seventy people were driven from their homes after a fire ripped through their apartments early Sunday morning. The three-alarm blaze destroyed 24 units at the Encantata Apartments on N. 28th Street and Elm Avenue.

The fire required 85 firefighters from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Clark County. It took 85 minutes to control the blaze.

Firefighters say the flames started in a second-floor unit, but the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Investigators say one person escaped the inferno by jumping from the window of the apartment where the flames started. That person and one other were hospitalized with minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

"There was flames coming out of the window, and it got onto a tree, spread to the roof of the other building," explained Dina Parra, who lost everything but the clothes she was wearing Sunday morning.

Residents like Jimmie Cole say they'll remember this Father's Day for all the wrong reasons.

"It's kind of tough. You try to be strong for the family, but it's really hard," Cole said.

The American Red Cross transformed a nearby school into a temporary shelter for the victims, giving them money for food, clothing, and a place to stay for the next several days.

They're asking for the public's support in getting the families on the road to recovery. If you can help, visit www.redcrosslasvegas.com for more information.

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