An eastside Las Vegas house was destroyed by fire late Wednesday evening. By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully involved. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries during the incident.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 10:43 p.m. that a large house at 1701 E. St. Louis Ave. (St. Louis/Maryland Parkway) was on fire. When firefighters arrived, they found a very large, two-story, wood-frame house fully involved with fire. Heat from the fire started two nearby utility poles on fire and there was a danger of power lines falling to the ground as firefighters worked. There also was a danger of fire spreading to neighboring homes. Firefighters evacuated a few nearby homes.
Firefighters from Las Vegas and Clark County fought the fire from the outside and were able to keep it from spreading to other homes in the area. It took approximately one hour to bring the fire under control.
The fire completely destroyed the house. Neighbors told fire investigators that the house has been vacant for approximately three years. They said that homeless people have been staying in the home; some were seen as recently as the day before the fire.
Because of the intensity of the fire, firefighters remained on scene putting water on the remaining hot spots throughout the night and into Thursday morning.
Photos of the incident are available at: www.instagram.com/lasvegasfd
You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeUdVt7XbTg&list=UUZkLSGx-JFEr79ezh7IGZ4Q&feature=share
Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
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Special call: E1,201,T18
Firewatch: E5,3,106, T3,1