Two downtown homes were heavily damaged in a fast moving fire early Saturday morning. All of the occupants in the two homes were able to escape without injury. A pet dog died in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fire dispatchers received multiple calls at 1:34 a.m. that a house at 126 Cervantes Street (Stewart/Eastern) was on fire. A few minutes later they received another call that the fire was extending to the house next door and possibly another house.
When firefighters arrived a few minutes later there was heavy flames showing from the rear of two, one-story houses at 126 and 132 Cervantes. Firefighters then learned that the fire was also moving to the rear of a house at 127 N. 21 Street, which sits directly behind the house at 132 Cervantes. A second alarm was then requested.
It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.
The fire caused extensive damage to both homes and also the yard behind 127 N. 21th Street. Damage was estimated at $100,000.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in the rear yard at 126 Cervantes. Brisk breezes picked up the flames and fanned them across the yard to the rear of the house. The breezes blew the fire between the houses, which acted like a wind tunnel and intensified the fire. The fire then burned between the two houses getting into the attic and it spread very quickly. Passerbys alerted the people in both houses to get out, that the houses were on fire. The fire also started to spread to the rear yards of the houses directly behind 126 and 132 Cervantes on N. 21 St. But an occupant of one of the houses stood on the property line with a garden hose and was able to keep the flames from spreading.
The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire investigators are looking into several possibilities.
There were no reported injuries. At least eight people requested assistance from the American Red Cross. Power is off to seven homes in that area because a utility pole was involved in the fire as well as the overhead cables.
Fire crews will remain on scene for several hours dousing any flare ups that might occur.
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Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
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