LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- More than 100 firefighters battled a structure fire near the Las Vegas Strip on Monday morning.
About 3 a.m., the shared attic space of an office building at 3900 Paradise Road caught fire, Clark County Fire Department Chief Greg Cassell said in a press conference.
At least 100 firefighters and additional support staff responded to the initial call at the two-story commercial structure.
Crews are starting to tear down the office building where a massive fire broke out early this morning. It took 100+ firefighters to get the fire out. Clearly - the building didn’t make it. @FOX5Vegas pic.twitter.com/s7n7SkUqOG— Kyla Galer (@kylagaler) June 18, 2019
“This building had no sprinklers on any floor at any level,” Cassell said.
Three firefighters suffered minor heat and back injuries, according to Cassell.
“This intersection right here was filled with lazy smoke to the point they couldn’t see more than a couple hundred feet,” Cassell said.
Several nearby businesses needed to shut down for the day because smoke filled their buildings.
“It’s hard to breathe in there, people are getting scratches in their throat,” nearby business owner Chris Crook said.
Deborah Requena, a nearby resident, said she was on her way back from California when her bus driver alerted her of the fire.
“When I came out of bus I saw all that smoke. So I decided to come to Citibank and I realized that it was right here! My god,” Requena said.
Requena said she was barely able to go inside her home the smoke filled her apartment.
“There’s a lot of smoke smelling and there’s a lot of water and my feet got wet this morning because we were hopping over water,” Requena said.
An exact construction date of the building was unknown.
CCFD Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan said there was still fire in the north and south ends of the building and the roof of the building collapsed in.
Cassell said the "O" shape of the structure also posed a challenge to firefighters battling flames.
“Sometimes you can’t get in front of it. As they try to catch up to it in front of the building and that’s how the entire oval ended up burning,” Cassell said.
@ClarkCountyFD is briefing now on Twain/Paradise fire. Large attic space helped fuel this fire that’s STILL burning. Cause still unknown. Paradise still closed. Stay in the loop with @AdeleonNews as she takes over the story for @FOX5Vegas this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/5vSayt4CBh— Dylan Kendrick (@dylankendricktv) June 17, 2019
Firefighters will remain at the business complex overnight to monitor hot spots and flare-ups.
“And I would anticipate from experience little spot fires in this building overnight. Clark County Fire will have a presence throughout the evening and into tomorrow morning at least the morning session,” Cassell said.
Smoke from the fire was causing low visibility in the area. Paradise Road is now open. Northbound lanes are being diverted onto Corporate Drive.
Southbound traffic lanes are clear.
Businesses inside the office building include the Nevada Broadcasters Association, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and TAM of Nevada.