A family of six is being assisted by the American Red Cross after their home caught fire early Friday morning. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental. There were no reported injuries during the incident.
Las Vegas firefighters responded to 7900 Copper Canyon Road (Buffalo/Washington) at 3:45 a.m. Friday. On arrival, smoke was showing from a one-story wood frame/stucco house. Firefighters entered the home and found the fire in the kitchen. They had the fire extinguished in a few minutes.
The fire heavily damaged the kitchen, and caused moderate smoke damage throughout the rest of the house. Damage was estimated at $25,000.
Fire investigators confirmed the fire started on the stove. One of the occupants told fire investigators that they were frying chicken when the grease caught fire. The fire then spread to the cabinets above and heavily damaged the rest of the kitchen.
The American Red Cross is assisting two adults and four children that live in the house. The family also had several pets that were being assisted by Las Vegas Animal Control.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of fires in Las Vegas and the leading cause of fire related injuries. Most fires start by unattended cooking and the majority of the fires involve cooking grease.
“Preventing cooking fires” is the theme of the 2013 National Fire Prevention Week in the United States. It is observed the week of Oct. 6-12. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue will be involved in numerous activities during that week.