Three dogs are credited with saving the lives of six people early Friday morning after a house and two travel trailers parked on the property caught fire. Two of the three dogs died during the fire. The fire has been ruled accidental. Six family members are displaced because of the fire.
Fire dispatchers received several calls at 6:24 a.m. that a house at 3704 Thom Blvd. (Rancho/Cheyenne) and two trailers were on fire. As fire units were responding to the fire, a large column of black smoke from the fire could be seen all around the Las Vegas Valley.
When the first fire units arrived on scene, flames were shooting fifty feet into the air behind the two story wood frame/stucco house. Firefighters were flowing water on the fire and had it under control in less than 20 minutes.
The fire destroyed the two travel trailers, gutted one upstairs bedroom in the house and caused extensive damage to the attic area. Damage was estimated at $200,000.
Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental, the cause is undetermined. Faulty electric wiring could not be ruled out, as numerous wires were found in the area where the fire started in one of the travel trailers. A man and woman were asleep in that trailer when the fire started. They were awaken by the barking of their pet dog in the trailer. The only door in the trailer was blocked by fire, so they kicked a window out on the rear of the trailer and escaped. Both occupants and the dog escaped unharmed.
The owner of the house was sleeping in the other travel trailer parked in the yard. He also woke when his two pet dogs started barking. When he looked outside he saw the fire and used his cellphone to call his wife who was sleeping in the house with two other family members and told them to get out. All escaped without injury. But the two dogs ran back into the travel trailer and were overcome by smoke.
The American Red Cross and the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Foundation provided assistance to the family after the fire. The family has lived in the house for the past 21 years. The house was originally built in 1964.
There were no reported injuries during the incident.
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