A senior citizen died in a fire that occurred in her northwest Las Vegas townhome during the noon hour today. Las Vegas fire investigators feel the fire is accidental in nature; they are looking into the possibility of careless smoking. The woman’s pet dog also died in the fire. A roommate was not home at the time of the fire and is displaced.
Fire dispatchers received several calls at 12:03 Wednesday afternoon that a townhome at 6464 Melody Rose Ave. (Torrey Pines/Smoke Ranch) in the Rosewood Townhome community had thick black smoke coming from it. Firefighters entered the condo and found it full of thick black smoke. A rear master bedroom was on fire; firefighters quickly doused the flames and confined it to the one room. At the same time, other firefighters crawled through the thick smoke and found the woman on the floor in a front bedroom. She was promptly brought out and advance life-saving procedures were instituted. She was taken to the trauma unit at University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead; it appeared she suffered from smoke inhalation.
A roommate came home just as firefighters arrived on scene and was there when they were bringing the woman out. The roommate told fire investigators he left earlier in the morning to go shopping and fixed the woman tea prior leaving. He said on several occasions she smoked in bed, the place where fire investigators believe the fire started.
The fire completely gutted the bedroom and produced a layer of thick black smoke and soot that covered everything else inside the condo. Damage was estimated at $60,000.
Neighbors in the tight-knit development were visibly shaken by the fire as they told investigators the couple had lived there for over 13 years and were known by everyone.
The American Red Cross arrived to assist the roommate with temporary housing and belongings.
This is the fifth fire fatality this year, four involved senior citizens and were smoking related, the fifth a 7-year-old boy playing with fire. In 2012 there a total of five fatal fires for the entire year.