Media Release


Monday, August 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Two-Alarm Fire Destroys West Charleston Pancake House
Cause of Fire is Under Investigation


Las Vegas fire investigators are working on determining a cause of a fire that destroyed a long time business on West Charleston Boulevard early Friday morning. The business was closed at the time of the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Fire dispatchers received a call from a passerby at 2:53 a.m. Friday that smoke was coming from an air conditioner unit on the roof of the Original Pancake House at 4833 W. Charleston Blvd. (at Decatur). When engine five arrived only a few minutes later, heavy smoke was coming from vents on the roof, a second alarm was requested.

Only a few minutes later, fire broke through the roof indicating the attic over the entire building was fully involved with fire. Firefighters set up master hose streams from aerial ladders and from the parking lot and sprayed water on the blaze. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes.

The fire completely destroyed the attic area of the building causing it to cave in preventing firefighters and fire investigators from entering the building due to a potential collapse.

A fence is being erected around the building to keep people away as investigators from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and the insurance company for the owner determine a cause for the fire which may take several weeks. At this time the fire is undetermined, under investigation.

A damage estimate is not available at this time.

The Original Pancake House first opened in October 1995. Approximately 25 employees work at the West Charleston Boulevard icon, many of them working there since it first opened up. The Original Pancake House is a family run business in Las Vegas and a popular eatery.

Fire crews are expected to stay on scene for several hours to ensure that embers do not reignite and cause the building to catch fire again.

There were no reported injuries.


First Alarm:  E5,6,10,15, T6, R5, HR44, EMS1, AR1, B10,1, PIO1, 6i1, 6i3, 6i8
Second Alarm:  E3,44,201, T3, R6, B4, 102     Incident: 2213980
Fire Watch:  E41, T9


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