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Sun City Summerlin Home Damaged By Fire

One Person Taken To Hospital For Injury After Falling

January 17, 2019 - 4:27 pm

SUMMERLIN, NV (KXNT) - Firefighters from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to a kitchen fire in a Sun City Summerlin home at 10:41 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. One of the occupants of the house was taken to the hospital after a fall while trying to escape the fire. The cause of the fire is accidental.

Firefighters responded to the 11000 block of Clarion Lane (Summerlin Parkway / CC-215) after the occupant called 9-1-1 and reported that the kitchen was on fire.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke was coming out the front door of a large, one-story, wood- frame/stucco house. The occupant was outside waiting for firefighters when they arrived. It appeared she was injured on the face. The elderly woman told firefighters she had slipped and fallen on the floor while trying to escape. Paramedics felt she should be taken to the hospital to be checked it out because it involved a head injury.

Firefighters found the fire on the stove; it had extended to the cabinets above. Firefighters had the bulk of the fire out in a few minutes, but the fire extended to the cabinets above, into the wall and into the attic above. Although it took a few minutes to knock down the bulk of the fire, the remaining hotspots and smoldering took about an hour to put out completely.

Firefighters determined the fire started on the stove.

Two people live in the house. They are displaced and will be staying with family.

The kitchen stove area, cabinets, wall and attic above was damaged by the fire. The rest of the house had moderate smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of fires in Las Vegas and the leading reason why people are injured by fire. Because the injury involved a senior citizen and was a head injury, the victim was taken to the hospital. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for senior citizens, especially if a head injury is involved. For that type of fall, all victims should be taken to the hospital for treatment.