A Peccole Ranch home sustained moderate damage when it caught fire late Tuesday afternoon. No one was home when the fire started. A large dog was in the home during the fire, it was not injured. One person is displaced. There were no reported injuries during the incident.
Firefighters from Las Vegas and Clark County responded to 9204 Kentucky Oaks Drive (Red Hills/Ft. Apache) at 4:12 p.m. after neighbors reported smoke coming from the two-story, wood frame/stucco house. When firefighters arrived smoke was showing from the home. Firefighters quickly had the situation under control.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in a column outside the house at the front entrance. As seen in the attached video, columns of this type are commonly found at Las Vegas homes. It appears the fire started at the bottom of the column and worked its way up, the column which is hollow and made of wood, acting like a chimney. Where it adjoins the house, it opened into a void area between the first and second floors of the house. The fire caused estimated $40,000 damage.
What started the fire was undetermined. Most common causes included improperly discarded smoking material left near a column where the heat gets inside the column. Another source is mulch commonly found in landscaping. The mulch dries out and sometimes smolders and creates heat that can transmit into the column causing the wood on the inside of the column to burn. At this residence, discarded smoking material was found on the ground as well as mulch. During extremely dry days with windy conditions, fires of this type are possible. It can be prevented by properly discarding smoking material in a non-combustible container for disposal and keeping mulch from having direct contact with the structure. You should be more concerned on days of Fire Weather Warnings or Red Flags Warnings as these types of weather conditions can enhance any type of fire that starts. Yesterday was a Red Flag Day. These types of fires can smolder undetected for hours. Prevention is key in keeping these types of fires from starting.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue has seen these types of fires in the past which resulted in significant damage to homes and apartment buildings.
You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPSXvsUEVfA&list=UUZkLSGx-JFEr79ezh7IGZ4Q&feature=share
Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue