Media Release

 

Thursday, July 03, 2014
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Fire Heavily Damages Las Vegas Home
Two Occupants Taken To Hospital With Minor Smoke Inhalation

 

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation after their home caught fire just after noon today. The American Red Cross is assisting three adults that live in the house.

Fire dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call from the occupants of the house at 3013 Merritt Ave. (Sahara/Rancho) at 12:03 p.m. stating that they believed their attic was on fire and it might be electrical in origin. Dispatchers advised them to evacuate the house and wait for firefighters.

When firefighters arrived, flames and smoke was showing from the attic vents of a one-story, wood-frame house.  Firefighters found the fire was in the attic.  It took about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.  They were slightly hampered by brisk breezes and because of the old-type construction in the house.

The fire gutted the attic and it heavily damaged  the roof.  Damage was estimated at $125,000.

The occupants told fire investigators at the hospital that when they turned on the clothes dryer in the house, they heard a loud pop in the attic and then smelled smoke.  When they opened a scuttle door to the attic to see, they found the attic full of smoke. 

Fire investigators determined the fire started in the attic and appeared to be electrical in origin.

You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nbux0G2yBw&list=UUZkLSGx-JFEr79ezh7IGZ4Q&feature=share
Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

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E10,5,12,15,201, T1, R10,5,1, HR44, EMS1, AR1, B1,10, PIO1, 6i4, 6i6, 6i12, 107, 102    
Incident: 4185561

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