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Asian Culture Center Gutted In Fire

A community center catering to Las Vegas' Asian community that opened only two months ago has been gutted by a fire.

Las Vegas fire officials say crews responded late Saturday to several 911 calls reporting a fire at the Asian Culture Center.

Firefighters say there was already heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the one-story brick building upon their arrival.

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They say the blaze was also moving toward other businesses in the strip mall.

Authorities say it took more than 70 firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.

They estimate damages to be around $1 million.

The cause is under investigation.

Since its opening, the Asian Culture Center has offered classes and forums for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.