A northwest Las Vegas home was destroyed by fire on Sunday. The cause of the fire is under investigation. None of the three occupants were injured during the incident, but are displaced and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. One firefighter suffered a minor injury during the fire and was taken to the hospital.
Fire dispatchers received several calls at 9:26 a.m. that the garage of a house at 5228 Shady Grove Lane (Ann/Jones) in the Country Lane subdivision was on fire. As firefighters were responding to the fire, a large column of smoke could be seen from a distance. When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy smoke was showing from the garage of a one-story, wood-frame house. Firefighters entered the garage and found that the fire was burning inside and was extending to the attic. The three occupants of the house told firefighters that everyone was out of the house and they were not injured.
The fire extended into the attic. Because of the amount of contents in the garage, firefighters were on scene for several hours dousing hot spots in the house.
At about 1 p.m. gusty winds of 20-30 mph began and flared up some hidden embers in the attic and once again the attic area was on fire. Crews were still on scene hitting hot spots and requested a second alarm respond to bring the flames under control. By the time the second alarm arrived on scene, the fire was under control and they were able to return to service. The second fire further weakened the roof of the house making it a collapse hazard. This prevented firefighters from entering the house to work on any remaining hot spots. They had to be doused from the outside.
Because of the windy conditions, firefighters are expected to remain on fire watch through the night dousing any further flare ups.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the garage, but the cause remains under investigation. Occupants told fire investigators that they smelled smoke for a while but did not notice smoke. When they went to the garage to investigate, they found it full of smoke and left. The three occupants are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
The house was destroyed by the fire. Damage is estimated at $125,000.
A total of 95 firefighters and 35 units responded to the scene during the day.
During the initial fire attack a firefighter sustained a knee injury during combat operations and was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
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