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House Fire Kills Woman And Her Cat Wednesday Afternoon

Two Other Family Members Are Displaced, But Were Not Home At Time Of Fire

September 13, 2018 - 2:21 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Las Vegas firefighters responded to a house fire which took the life of one of the occupants and a pet dog Wednesday afternoon.  Two other family members are displaced.  There were no reported injuries to first responders on the scene,

Fire dispatchers received a call at 3:05 p.m. that smoke was visible from the roof and there was a burning smell from a house on Sienna Ridge Drive in Pecco Ranch (Ft. Apache/Sahara) and when they knocked on the front door, no one answered.

When firefighters arrived at the one-story wood frame/stucco house, very light smoke was visible from the rear of the house.  Firefighters went to the rear of the house with a fire hose. While checking the back, one of the patio doors was blackened from smoke, firefighters knew they found the fire.  They broke thru the patio door and found a stuffed chair and mattress on fire.  Using the fire hose they put the fire out in a few minutes.  The room was full of smoke all the way down to the floor.

Firefighters entered the room and went for the bedroom door to the hallway.  At the bedroom door in the hallway on the floor, they found an unresponsive middle age woman. It appeared the woman was overcome by smoke.  Other firefighters moved on and searched the rest of the house for any other victims, a pet dog was also found that was deceased.  Within a few minutes, firefighters had the fire completely out and removed the smoke from the house so fire investigators could look into what caused the fire.

Nearly all of the fire damage was confined to the rear bedroom which was gutted.  The rest of the house had light smoke damage. There was no visible damage on the outside of the house.  Damage was estimated at $35,000.

An investigation was conducted by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue arson investigators, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Fire investigators believe the fire started in the rear bedroom in the stuffed chair.  Careless smoking cannot be ruled out.  The smoking material was found in the room and the woman did smoke.

Two other family members were not at home at the time of the fire.  They are displaced.

This is the fourth fatal fire in the city of Las Vegas proper this year.  Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in Las Vegas.

There were smoke alarms in the house and they were working when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters from the Clark County Fire Department also assisted at the fire.