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Neighbors express concern after third fire on Las Vegas property

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Damaged remains of a building fire in Las Vegas on Sept. 18, 2016. (Tyson/Report It) Damaged remains of a building fire in Las Vegas on Sept. 18, 2016. (Tyson/Report It)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said they are battling a fire at a vacant restaurant Sunday afternoon.

Crews responded at 4:18 p.m. to the 1400 block of south Third Street, near Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street.

According to the department, the building was used by squatters and has been vacant for several years. 

A FOX5 viewer shared a video of the fire on Facebook. 

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said it took crews approximately 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. 

Investigators believe the fire started outside of the building then spread to the attic. Nearby residents told investigators squatters were staying on the property and described it as a "squatters camp." Investigators said there was evidence of squatters staying outside the building. 

Ben Medena, co-owner of the Star Motel, said there have been multiple occasions of fires and vandalism at the property.

Medena said he has noticed a decline in business because of the issue. 

"No one wants to come to the property if the property next door is closed. They don't have a fence up. Occasionally, there will be homeless people coming in and out of the property," Medena said. 

FOX5 called the owner of the property for a response. The property owner's son, who wished to remain anonymous, said "it's not the best area and it's just a continuing problem. He added that Thai Barbeque went out of business seven years ago and the family has been trying to sell it. 

Firefighters responded to a blaze at a motel located on the same property in 2014 and 2015. 

Investigators believe squatters were responsible for both fires. The motel has been demolished  and the restaurant only remained on the property. 

No injuries were reported during the fire Sunday, the department said. 

The incident remains under investigation.

Damage was estimated at $50,000, according to the department. 

Stay with FOX5 and FOX5Vegas.com for developments. 

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