One dead after early morning fire at Las Vegas apartment complex

Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 7:23 AM PDT
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Update June 22

The deceased has been identified as David Phlong, 26, of Las Vegas. The cause and manner of his death are pending.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas Fire & Rescue says there were multiple injuries and one fatality after an early Tuesday morning fire at an apartment complex.

According to LVFR, at about 5:04 a.m., crews began receiving reports of a fire at The Tides Apartment Complex, 6501 W. Charleston. The department says crews arrived at the scene “within minutes.” They said the second alarm was called within five minutes.

According to LVFR, six people were transported to UMC for “physical injuries.” According to Las Vegas fire, two people who were transported were in “serious but stable condition” while four others were in “stable condition.” The agency said a firefighter was also transported with minor injuries.

At 3:40 p.m., Las Vegas Fire and Rescue issued an updated report and said that one person was found dead.

LFVR said Tuesday’s fire was the third one to take place here over the last year. People who live at the complex said this is becoming very concerning.

“It is shocking,” said Tides apartment resident Larry Myers. “It is sad”

It was a scary sight for the people living at the Tides apartment complex when they woke up to flames Tuesday morning.

“I walked out, and I looked around and I saw everything,” said Myers. “My neighbor was crying.”

Myers said during his four years of living at the complex, this is the third time he has seen the place go up into flames.

“I don’t know if people are just being careless with their places or plugging in wires the wrong way,” said Myers.

“We do have fire causes in these older buildings from bathroom fans,” said senior deputy fire chief for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Robert Nolan.

Nolan also said a fire broke out last November due to what could have been disregarded smoking materials, and another in April of this year that was caused by pots on the stove.

“They had a fire inspection here from a member of our fire inspection staff within the last year and there might have been some violations of a minor nature, but they were cleared up,” said Nolan.

Nolan said moving forward, they will be proactive in preventing another fire.

“In the next 30 days we will be setting something up where we do a blitz and check smoke alarms and do another reassuring inspection about how to be fire safe,” said Nolan.

“Thank god it wasn’t my building but [it’s] sad knowing that it could have been kids or someone’s pets,” said Myers.

The cause of Tuesday’s fire remains under investigation. The American Red Cross is assisting those who are now displaced due to fire damage.