A woman in her late 20s died of apparent smoke inhalation after a fire in her eastside Las Vegas home early Friday morning. The woman’s children and mother were able to escape without injury. Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental. No one else was injured during the incident.
Fire dispatchers received the first call at 1:24 a.m. from a child who lives in the house that the garage in the house was on fire and there was a woman inside the garage that could not get out. Firefighters from Las Vegas and Clark County responded to the two-story wood frame/stucco house at 716 Brenner Way (Bonanza/Lamb) and on arrival smoke was coming from the garage.
Firefighters found the garage had been converted into an apartment that was separated by a wall from the main portion of the house. There was a side door into the apartment which had a metal bar security door that was locked. Firefighters had to force entry and found the apartment full of thick smoke. The fire was in a smoldering stage, which was producing extremely thick smoke.
As firefighters crawled into the apartment and conducted a search, they found the woman lying on the floor in the rear of the apartment. She was unresponsive and brought outside where CPR was initiated along with advance life support procedures. The woman was immediately transported to the UMC Trauma unit where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Fire investigators said the fire started in the middle of the apartment. Smoking material and candles were found in the unit. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, fire investigators said it appears it was accidental.
The family told fire investigators they woke when smoke alarms activated in the main portion of the house. When they went around the house, they could smell something burning, but could not find the source. When they went outside, smoke was coming out the side door of the garage which was the only way into the apartment. When they tried to enter, they found the door was locked. They could not enter from the interior of the home; the previous door from the interior of the home to the garage was blocked by a wall that was constructed when the conversion was made.
Damage was confined to the apartment. There was no damage to the interior of the main home. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
There was no smoke alarm in the apartment.
The American Red Cross and Trauma Intervention Program had representatives on scene to assist the family.
An investigator from the Clark County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene. The official cause of death will be determined by the Clark County Coroner.
This is the eighth fire fatality in the city of Las Vegas this year.
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You Tube Video of incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSLLA3gYM18
CREDIT: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
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