Media Release

 

Monday, March 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Two People Displaced After Mobile Home Fire In Northwest
Cause Of Fire Is Accidental

 

Two people are displaced after their northwest Las Vegas mobile home caught fire this morning.  One person was in the home when it caught fire, a smoke alarm woke her in time to escape from the fire in the bedroom where she was sleeping.  The woman was treated for minor smoke inhalation by fire paramedics.

The woman called fire dispatchers at 7:06 a.m. to tell them her bedroom was on fire in her home at 6533 Delphinium Ave. (Alexander Road/Rainbow Boulevard).  As she was talking to fire dispatchers, she tried taking a garden hose into the home to put water on the fire, but dispatchers told her to leave the scene and wait for firefighters in the street.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the double-wide mobile home was fully involved and firefighters had to make sure it would not spread to other homes close by.  It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the intense fire under control.  Smoke from the fire could be seen from across the valley.

The fire completely gutted the home and damage is estimated at $35,000.

Two people live in the home.  The husband was at work during the fire.  His wife was asleep in the bedroom and woke to the sound of the smoke alarm.  She noticed the curtains on fire in the room and then noticed the bed she was on was also on fire.  She and her two pet dogs and one pet cat then left the home.  She was treated for minor smoke inhalation on scene.

Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental.  The woman told fire investigators that she was smoking a cigarette and must have fallen asleep while in bed. 

The American Red Cross is assisting the two occupants of the home.

Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires both in Las Vegas and across the rest of the country, especially between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., the time when people are sleeping.  That is why the smoke alarm are so important to have and to keep in operational condition.  As in this fire, it saves lives everyday.  Sixty percent of the people who have died in Las Vegas fires in the past 15 years have been smoking related.

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