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Fire destroys apartments in west end of Vegas

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A firefighter attempts to put out flames of a blaze at a west end apartment on Dec. 19, 2013. (Courtesy: Erik Pappa, Clark County FD) A firefighter attempts to put out flames of a blaze at a west end apartment on Dec. 19, 2013. (Courtesy: Erik Pappa, Clark County FD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Eight units at an apartment complex in the west side of Las Vegas were destroyed by a fire Thursday.

The Clark County Fire Department reported the blaze in the 4000 block of West Viking Road, near Wynn and Flamingo roads, about 11:30 a.m.

As many as two alarms were called on the fire, CCFD noted. They said there were no fire sprinklers in the building.

There were no people inside two of the apartments where the fire started, officials said. People in other neighboring units were able to evacuate the fire with no major injuries.

Damage to the affected units were estimated at $60,000. The cause of the fire was not immediately disclosed.

"It was a heck of a shock and a heck of a wake up call," said Dionna Long, who's staying with a friend who lives at the complex. She was sleeping when the fire started and didn't even have time to put shoes on before she evacuated.

"I'm happy I'm alive. It could have been a different case ... that fire spread so fast, the smoke was so thick," Long said. She is among a group of people who live in the building that lost just about everything, including Christmas gifts.

Apartment management and volunteers from the American Red Cross are helping the displaced residents get back on their feet. They'll move in to vacant units within the Vista Del Valle Apartments.

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