LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said six people were displaced after an apartment caught on fire early Friday morning in downtown Las Vegas.
According to LVFR, firefighters were called to the 330 block of North 14th Street, located between Stewart Avenue and U.S. Highway 93, at around 5:12 a.m. When they arrived, firefighters noticed smoke coming from a one-story apartment building.
When firefighters arrived all of the building's occupants were trying to escape, according to LVFR. The fire was mainly concentrated in the bedroom of the middle apartment. Before firefighters entered the room, an oxygen tank had exploded.
By 5:44 a.m., the fire was put out , LVFR said. The fire gutted the bedroom and damaged the attic above. The rest of the apartment units sustained smoke damage. The American Red Cross was called to help three adults and three children who lived in the building.
According to LVFR, all six people who lived in the building were displaced.
LVFR said damage costs were estimated at $35,000.
No injuries were reported and the cause for the fire was undetermined, but fire officials did not rule out "smoking while using an oxygen mask," LVFR said.
One of the occupants uses a medical oxygen mask and about 45 minutes before the fire, medical personnel were already at the scene for a medical assistance call.
While medical personnel were there, they reminded the occupant about the dangers of smoking while using an oxygen mask, LVFR said. The fire occurred shortly thereafter.
"It is never safe to smoke while medical oxygen is in use or has been used," LVFR said. "Even after use, medical oxygen can saturate clothing and skin and be retained for several hours. If a person uses smoking material, a flash fire can occur from the residual oxygen."
LVFR added other combustible items like sofas, bedding and curtains can ignite during the flash and cause a larger fire.