Las Vegas firefighters responded to a reported fire in an upstairs apartment at 2740 E. Bonanza Road (Eastern/Bonanza) at 10:53 p.m. Saturday. On arrival heavy smoke was showing from the apartment and one man was hanging out a second floor window. The man was rescued by firefighters and transported to UMC with first and second degree burns to his head and arms as well as smoke inhalation. The man told firefighters he was asleep and woke to find the kitchen on fire. He attempted to put the fire out, but had to escape as the fire got larger. As the man screamed for help, a neighbor attempted to enter the burning apartment to help. He was also taken to UMC for smoke inhalation.
The fire was ruled accidental by fire investigators. Investigators found that one of the electric burners on the stove was left on with a pan of food on it, the source of the fire. The fire heavily damaged the kitchen and caused smoke damage throughout the rest of the apartment. Damage was estimated at $15,000. No other apartments in the building were damaged. Two people are displaced because of the fire.
Cooking / kitchen fires are the leading cause of fires both in Las Vegas as well as the rest of the country. Most is due to unattended cooking. It is a good idea to check the stove frequently, especially before going to sleep or leaving home to ensure that the stove is off.
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