Fire Departments Stay Extra Busy Over 4th Of July Weekend

At Least Three Houses Burn Due To Fireworks

Mitch Kelly
July 06, 2020 - 4:56 am
House fire from 7-4-20

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - This year's Fourth of July holiday has been one of the busiest for fire responses by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Unlike the previous four years where there was no significant buildings damaged, at least three homes were damaged this year and people are displaced.

Las Vegas firefighters responded to 146 fires on Saturday, the Fourth of July holiday. Last year there was 130. This number includes all types of fires including calls that was unfounded. But the majority were outside fires which consisted of brush, grass, trash cans, dumpsters, trees, anything outside. Many of them were tree fires which were started by fireworks. One outside fire on a large property in the West Side area of the city, also consumed two vehicles. Firefighters were on scene for over an hour to make sure that fire was out.

There were no injuries in connection with any of the incidents. Fireworks have not been ruled out in any of the incidents, they remain under investigation.

There was nearly 1400 calls that were handled by the Combined Communications Center (Fire/Medical 9-1-1 Center) at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Headquarters during the holiday. The average number of calls for a day is 925. 

Fire departments all around southern Nevada reported similar high numbers in calls over the weekend.