A family of five is displaced tonight after a van parked in the driveway of their home caught fire and then extended to the house. Three family members were home when the fire started. The American Red Cross is assisting the family tonight.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 4:47 p.m. that a house was on fire at 1913 S. 17th St. (Oakey/Maryland). When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy flames were coming out under an awning that spanned across most of the front of the house and also from a van parked under the carport. The flames were already making their way into the attic of the approximately 1,500 square foot wood frame house. Brisk breezes also pushed the flames into the attic helping the fire spread. Firefighters had the fire completely out in approximately 45 minutes.
A mother and two children, ages 10 and 12 were home when the fire started. They said they heard a loud boom and then the house started to fill with black smoke. When they tried to go out the front door to escape, the entire front of the house was in flames, they escaped out a back door. They were helped to safety by neighbors.
Fire investigators determined the fire stated inside the van, then spread to the house. Because of the destruction of the van, an exact cause of the fire could not be determined. They ruled the fire accidental. The boom the family heard was most likely one of the tires on the van exploding due to the fire.
The fire did heavy damage to the front of the home and the attic. Smoke damage was throughout the rest of the house. Damage was estimated at $175,000.
The family of three adults and two children is being assisted by the American Red Cross.
One firefighter suffered minor heat exhaustion while battling the blaze. He was treated on scene and released. Firefighters said the heat was more oppressive today than the past few days.
Firefighters from the Clark County Fire Department assisted Las Vegas firefighters at the incident.
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