Media Release


Thursday, August 01, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993


Two-Alarm Fire Damages Two Homes, Displaces Five People
Two People Were Taken To The Hospital For Fire Related Injuries


Brisk southwest winds help to spread an outside fire to two east Las Vegas homes early Thursday afternoon. Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries related to the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting five adults that live in the two homes because they are displaced.

Fire dispatchers received the first call at 1:35 p.m. that there was an outside fire between two houses at 129 and 133 Vallejo Ave. When firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had spread to the two one-story wood frame homes. A second alarm was requested which sent a total of 30 pieces of equipment with 75 firefighters from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County to the blaze .

The fire had burned through the roof of the house at 129 Vallejo and did extensive damage. The house was made of wood with wood siding which contributed to the fire spread. The house next door was made with stucco siding and was heavily damaged.

Two cars were also heavily damaged by the fire. A SUV parked in the driveway at 137 Vallejo Ave. was severely damaged by radiant heat from the fire and a van parked on the street in front of 133 Vallejo Ave. was also heavily damaged.

It took firefighters approximately 45 minutes to bring the incident under control.

Damage was estimated at $250,000 for the entire incident.

Two people live in the home at 129 Vallejo Ave. One adult was home and heard crackling noises and went outside to investigate. He found the wood fence between the two homes on fire as well as brush, dead leaves and pine needles on the ground. He said the wind fanned  the flames onto the two houses. The man stayed out of the house and called 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s home across the street.

Three people live in the house at 133 Vallejo Ave. Two adults were home. They also heard crackling and the house began to fill with light smoke. When they looked out a rear window, all they could see were flames. The elderly lady who was in a wheelchair went out a rear door into the backyard but could not make it to the front yard. The backyard was full of smoke. Firefighters rescued the woman and she was taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation. The other adult escaped through the front door and ran across the front yard, which had previously burned from the fire. While escaping, the man burned his feet.  He was taken to the hospital with minor burns to his feet.

Fire investigators determined the fire started outside between the two houses at the wooden fence, but an exact cause could not be determined.  They ruled the fire accidental.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene for several more hours tonight on fire watch to ensure the fire is completely out.

Video and photos available on YouTube at pio1lv.

1st Alarm:  E8,1,201,16, T16, R8, HR44, AR1, EMS1, B4,3, PIO1, 6i1, 6i5, 6i8
2nd Alarm:  E14,51,20,4,3, T1,3, R4,301, B,1,5, 113, 309, 310
Incident: 3200144


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