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Downtown Vegas home damaged in overnight fire

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Firefighters needed 15 minutes to attack a fire in downtown Las Vegas early Thursday. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Firefighters needed 15 minutes to attack a fire in downtown Las Vegas early Thursday. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A downtown Las Vegas home heavily damaged by a fire early Thursday had been frequented in the past by squatters, according to investigators.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue reported the fire just before 2:30 a.m. at 328 N. 16th Street, next to the U.S. 95 overpass.

According to LVFR, firefighters dispatched to the scene found flames burning through the roof of the one story home. Firefighters needed 15 minutes to attack the fire from the outside and prevent it from spreading to an apartment building near the home, officials said.

Residents at the nearby apartment complex were actually evacuated during the firefighting effort, LVFR noted.

There were no injuries or displacements as a result of the fire. The fire caused about $50,000 worth of damage to the vacant home.

Officials said homeless people stayed at the home regularly.

An investigation into the cause was ongoing.

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