City fire crews and members of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were busy responding to two separate fires late Monday and early Tuesday.
The first blaze broke out in a vacant building on Commerce Street, beneath the overpass. Crews were dispatched to that scene a little after 7 p.m. Monday.
Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the building had pretty much been gutted prior to the fire, although there was debris inside the structure that burned.
Mares said that fire appears to have been started by homeless people trying to stay warn.
Crews had that blaze under control by 9 p.m., Mares said.
The second fire broke out Tuesday morning at a single-wide mobile home on Romero Street. That blaze claimed the lives of several pets inside the structure, the chief said.
City fire crews were dispatched to that fire at 6:40 a.m. Mares said they got to the fire within three minutes of getting the alarm.
But by that time, the structure was complete engulfed in flames.
Mares said that nobody was home at the time of the fire. Mares said the cause of that fire is undetermined, although no foul play is suspected. The home was a complete loss. Because the structure was not insured and because there were no injuries, the state fire marshal wasn’t called out to investigate, he said.