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Evacuations After Large Fire in Henderson
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HENDERSON, Nev. -- A four alarm blaze broke out near Boulder Highway and Warm Springs around 7:30 p.m. and burned for several hours.

Henderson Fire says the flames have been confined and under control. Flames and black smoke billowed into the sky and the sight was seen for miles.

Keith Smith and his wife were among hundreds who rushed to the fire. "We could see smoke going up above the buildings and everything. I was curious as to what was burning," he said.

SLIDESHOW: (Photos courtesy: Jennifer Nicholson and Marcello Benevenia)

The fire started in a construction site full of pallets and some propane tanks. Several businesses in the area were evacuated.

"The fuel load over there is just so high with all that raw wood. It burns quickly and burns very high," said Henderson Deputy Fire Chief Steve Goble.

Fear of smoke inhalation and the fire spreading caused firefighters to evacuate nearby businesses within a half mile radius. Henderson Fire responded to the initial call, and Clark County Fire came with backup once it became a second, third, and eventually a four alarm fire.

The biggest challenge was the pure size of it. "Right now, they've got heavy water streams in place protecting adjacent structures as well as supplying water to the fire to extinguish it," said Goble.

As civilians looked on, crews worked to put out one of the largest fires in Henderson's recent history.

Henderson officials investigators haven't even made it to the source of the fire because of the flames. So they won't have a chance to start determining a cause until Wednesday.

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