A young family of four is displaced tonight after their Brookhaven community home caught fire Thursday afternoon on the city’s far northwest side. No one was home at the time of the fire except for a pet dog, which was later rescued by firefighters. There were no reported injuries.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 3:37 p.m. that a house at 7930 Twin Leaf St. (Farm/U.S. 95) was on fire. Neighbors told dispatchers that people live there, but they were unsure if anyone was at home. Neighbors banged on the front door, but there was no answer.
Firefighters arrived a few minutes later and found heavy fire and black smoke showing from a two-story wood frame/stucco house with fire blowing out the rear upstairs windows of the house. The fire was burning with such intensity that firefighters thought the house might become fully involved. Firefighters fought the fire and within 20 minutes they brought it under control.
During the fire the family that lives in the house, two adults and two small children, arrived on scene and advised firefighters that a small dog was still inside the house. The dog was rescued by members of the Heavy Rescue Team; they found the dog unharmed.
Fire investigators determined the fire started on a bedside table in the master bedroom. An exact cause could not be determined, but the fire started where multiple electrical items were plugged into a power strip which is commonly found in homes. Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental.
The fire completely gutted the master bedroom and also burned a hole through the floor into the downstairs area of the house. The fire also extended into the attic and did considerable damage. The rest of the house had smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $150,000.
The American Red Cross is assisting the young couple and their two small children.
Electrical fires are the second leading cause of fires in Las Vegas as well as the rest of the country. Since there are so many more electrical items found in the home and workplace today, the chances of those items starting a fire have also increased. To prevent fires, use electrical items as specified in the instructions that accompany the item, have proper maintenance done when needed and unplug or shut off electrical items when not in use. Do not overload circuits and use only Underwriter Laboratory (UL) certified electrical items and equipment.
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E9,45,42,55,41, T48, R48, HR44, EMS1, AR53, B4,15, PIO1, 6i1, 6i8, 6i9 Incident: 3136615
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