A painter suffered first and second degree burns to his arms and hands after a flash fire at the Queensridge Homeowners Association clubhouse, 851 Palace Court, Wednesday at 10:17 a.m. By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the fire was already extinguished by an automatic fire sprinkler in the building. Damage was confined to a small area where the painters were working. The painter was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening burns. The fire was ruled accidental.
Las Vegas fire investigators determined the painters were painting the inside of the clubhouse with a painter’s commercial paint sprayer. To prevent overspray, they had thin plastic sheeting draped around the work area, similar to a tent. Near the work area is a natural gas fireplace and fire investigators believe the fumes from the spray paint accumulated in the work area under the draping of the plastic and were ignited by the pilot light in the natural gas fireplace. Once the fumes ignited, a flash fire occurred which activated the automatic fire sprinkler above which doused the flames.
The worker was burned on the arms and hands during flash. Luckily the worker was wearing a respirator (to prevent inhaling paint fumes) which prevented him from breathing superheated air. The worker was then taken to the hospital.
Damage was confined to the work area and was mostly cosmetic. Damage was estimated at $5,000.
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