Las Vegas fire investigators have ruled a fire that damaged a northwest Las Vegas home Monday morning as accidental. The house is currently vacant and being renovated for new people to move in. There were no injuries in connection with the incident.
Fire dispatchers received the first call at 6:51 a.m. that a house at 5612 Avenida Silla (Jones/Cheyenne) had smoke coming from it. A neighbor was setting up a yard sale and when she looked over at the two story wood frame/stucco house, she said dark smoke started to come out the rear corner of the house. She then called 9-1-1.
When firefighters arrived they found the house full of smoke. It took some time to find the fire because it was in a void area between the first and second floors. Homes usually have a void area between the floors about 12-18 inches for utilities to run through such as duct work for air conditioning/heating, water pipes and electrical wiring. The fire was above the ceiling in the kitchen area, below the floor in an upstairs bedroom. It appeared it had been smoldering for a long period of time before it was noticed outside the house.
Neighbors say the house was recently sold and was being prepared for the new owner to move in. The house had been vacant only for a few months after renters moved out and then the house was being prepared for the new owner to move in.
Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental. An exact cause could not be pinpointed, but it did not appear the fire was intentionally set. Investigators determined the fire started in the void area. There were working utilities to the house. The house was secured.
Fire damage was confined to the kitchen area and upstairs bedroom. There was smoke damage throughout the rest of the house. Damage was estimated at $50,000.
There were no injuries in connection with the incident. No one is displaced.
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