Media Release


Tuesday, January 22, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Two Alarm House Fire Under Investigation
Fire Caused Extensive Damage To House


        Las Vegas fire investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to a house near Alta Drive and Valley View Boulevard late Friday afternoon. Two adults and two large pet dogs were able to escape without injury.

        Fire dispatchers received several calls at 4:51 p.m. that a house at 616 S. Kenny Way was on fire and possibly people were still inside. When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy flames were showing from the rear of a one-story wood frame house. Thick black smoke filled the sky that could be seen from all around the valley.

        The fire was very intense on the left-rear corner of the house and flames were coming dangerously close to the house next door.  A second alarm was dispatched bringing a total of 23 units with 60 personnel to the scene from Las Vegas and Clark County.

        Firefighters were able to quickly put a hose stream into action to prevent the fire from spreading to the house next door. They then worked on putting the fire out that was throughout the interior of the home as well as the outside rear of the house. Firefighters were then able to bring the fire under control and had the fire completely out in 30 minutes.

        The fire gutted the inside of the house and caused heavy damage to the rear of the house. Damage was estimated at $150,000.

        The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire investigators believe the fire started outside on the rear of the house on the patio.

        Three adults live in the house. Two were home when the fire started. They noticed a glow coming in through the rear windows which faces the patio. There was no smoke or fire inside the home at the time. One of them ran outside to a shed in the backyard to retrieve a fire extinguisher. When he returned, he found the fire was too large and ran inside to warn the other adult to leave and take the two large dogs with them. They ran out the front door to escape. Both the front door and rear patio doors were left open and this created a draft which pulled the outside fire into the house, as well as the fire burning up the rear wall into the attic and spreading the fire. The intense fire destroyed just about everything they had in the home.

        The American Red Cross was notified to assist three adults and two dogs that are displaced because of the fire. The fire remains under investigation. There were no reported injuries.

1st Alarm:  E5,3,10,15, T3, R10, CB8, EMS1, AR1, B1,2, PIO1, 6i4, 6i8, 6i11, 6i12
2nd Alarm:  E201,32,4, T1, R3, HR44, B4
Incident:  3016594


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