A house in the Capri Estates of Desert Shores sustained heavy damage after a fire started in the garage late Monday morning. Several witnesses told investigators that a juvenile was seen running from the house just before the fire and might have been involved. But Las Vegas Fire Investigators determined the teen had nothing to do with the fire. The fire was ruled accidental.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 11:46 a.m. that thick smoke and flames were coming from a house at 8328 Emerald Isle Avenue (Rampart/West Lake Mead Boulevard).
As firefighters responded, a column of black smoke from the fire could be seen from all around the valley. When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire coming from the garage of a two-story, wood frame/stucco house. The fire lapped out of the garage door up into the windows of two bedrooms over the garage and then the roof. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.
The fire gutted the garage, a laundry room and bathroom next to the garage, one bedroom on the second floor and part of the roof. The rest of the house had minor to moderate smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $80,000.
Several neighbors told fire investigators they saw a juvenile leaving the home and then smoke started to come out of it. Some also said they heard a shotgun or fireworks-type sounds coming from the home just prior to seeing the smoke. Many believed the juvenile was responsible for the fire.
An investigation conducted by arson investigators of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue determined the fire started in the garage next to the water heater. The house is being renovated and the garage was full of building materials, cabinets, power equipment and gasoline for the power equipment. The construction company told fire investigators that they went to extra lengths to make sure the house was secured so no one could get in. Firefighters confirmed that they had to force entry into the house to get to the fire.
The juvenile told arson investigators that he was just passing by the house and had nothing to do with the fire. Fire investigators confirmed the fire started in the secured garage. Although the exact cause of the fire inside the garage is undetermined, fire investigators ruled it accidental.
There was no damage to adjoining properties on the street. There were no reported injuries.
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Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue