A middle-aged man was taken to University Medical Center with critical burns after a fire occurred outside a vacant house near the Stratosphere Tower early Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no reported injuries to emergency personnel who responded to the fire.
Fire dispatchers received a call at 4:05 a.m. that a small house next door to 109 W. New York Ave. was on fire.
When firefighters arrived on scene, the outside of very small one-story wood frame house was on fire. As firefighters were arriving on scene, a man was walking down the street. One of the responding rescue units stopped and checked the man. They found he was badly burned. He was immediately loaded into the rescue unit and taken to UMC. His condition was critical.
Firefighters arrived on scene and had the fire extinguished in a few minutes. The fire burned the outside of the vacant house. The interior had very minor damage. Damage was estimated at $5,000.
Neighbors told fire investigators that the house has been vacant for a while. The house was also used by homeless people. One homeless man had a tent set up outside against the house. That is where the man who was burned was staying. He also had a sofa outside and that was destroyed by the fire as well as all the other outside contents.
Fire instigators could not determine what started the fire. They usually get information from people who are involved with the fire. Fire investigators were not able to talk to the victim about the fire because of his condition. The incident remains under investigation.
E10,4,12,33, T1, R10,204, CB8, EMS1, AR1, B1,2, PIO1, 6i5, 6i6, 6i7
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