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Squatters suspected in vacant apartment fire near Stratosphere

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Vacant apartment building left destroyed by fire on Sept. 2, 2016. (SOURCE: Las Vegas Fire Rescue) Vacant apartment building left destroyed by fire on Sept. 2, 2016. (SOURCE: Las Vegas Fire Rescue)
Firefighters put out fire at vacant apartment building on Sept. 2, 2016. (SOURCE: Las Vegas Fire Rescue) Firefighters put out fire at vacant apartment building on Sept. 2, 2016. (SOURCE: Las Vegas Fire Rescue)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the Clark County Fire Department responded to a vacant apartment building fire that left one person with second-degree burns Friday morning. 

Dispatchers received a call around 12:15 a.m. reporting the fire in the 200 block of West Cincinnati Avenue, near Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Tim Szymanski said. 

Witnesses told fire investigators they saw a man jump out of a second story window while the complex was on fire. A man with second-degree burns was found nearby a few hours later and was taken to University Medical Center. Medics on scene determined that 20 percent of his body was burned.

The property owner declined an on-camera interview but told FOX5 that the the property has been vacant since January, which is the same time he started getting squatters.

"There was evidence that squatters were staying in the building," Szymanski said. "Typically what they do is they leave trash behind like we do in our homes."

It's not clear how the man got inside, but Szymanski said squatters are getting more creative. 

"We have people that dig holes underneath the foundations to crawl in," Szymanski said. "They have hidden holes, they'll come in through the roof, or go places where they can't be found."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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