Las Vegas Fire & Rescue investigators are working with investigators from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and the Clark County Coroner’s Office after a woman was rescued by firefighters but later died at University Medical Center early Thursday evening. The incident is under investigation by all three agencies.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls just before 6 p.m. that an apartment at 718 Wilson Ave. (H St/Bonanza) was on fire. Within two minutes a fire engine was on scene and found flames blowing out the back window of one apartment of a one-story concrete block apartment building with four apartments.
Firefighters entered the apartment and found it full of thick smoke and found a bed on fire in the bedroom at the rear of the apartment. Firefighters had the fire out in less than one minute. As they were putting the fire out, an elderly lady was found lying in the bathtub, of the bathroom that is next to the bed in the bedroom, unresponsive. She was immediately taken out of the tub by firefighters, advance life support was administered and she was transported to University Medical Center. It appeared her injuries were burn and smoke related. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Damage was confined to the bedroom, mostly the bed and mattress. About half the bedroom had heat and smoke damage. The rest of the unit had moderate smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $10,000.
The cause of the fire is undetermined - under investigation. The cause of death of the woman is also undetermined and under investigation by the Coroner’s office.
It is standard procedure in the city of Las Vegas that when a fatality occurs during a fire that all three agencies conduct the investigation together. The investigation continues.
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